Is It Time To Mulch?

The best gardens Lancashire has to offer will benefit from being mulched this autumn.

Mulches play a number of rolls in a garden. They can help:

  • Retain moisture
  • Add nutrients to the soil
  • Look smarter
  • Supress weeds

There are a range of different mulches you can use:

 

Woodchip

This is a classic option for mulch, and you can get different styles depending on which you prefer to look at.  This is a good option as it is biodegradable which means you just need to top it up over the year, and the woodchip will release some nutrients into the soil as it breaks down.

 

Manure

If you can get hold of manure then this is perfect for mulching. You need to get it well rotted down and aim for a good 10 cm (or more) level across the bed. If you add it now the worms will have broken it down sufficiently and pulled it into the soil in time for the spring.

 

Leaf mould

This takes years to break down, but if you have been collecting leaves for the past couple of years and leaving them to break down, now is the time to spread them.

 

Compost

Similarly, if you compost yourself, you can use this as a mulch to spread across your beds to add nutrients to the soil.

 

Stones and non-organic mulches

If you don’t want to improve the soil you can opt for a non-organic mulch to tidy up your garden.

 

Do I need to dig?

If you want to dig over first then now is a good idea to do this. The frost should get to the clods and break them down, making the soil much more manageable.

 

This is ideal for heavy or poor draining soils, or any soil you need to improve. It is also ideal for areas you are planning on growing deep rooted plants, such as veg, next year.

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