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Reduce weeds with mulch

Reduce weeds with mulch

You can reduce weeds with mulch at most times of the year, but there are preferable seasons to help control weeds. In fact, mulch can be many different materials used for feeding the soil, decorative purposes, or just to cover an area ahead of a redesign. With so many options available to mulch in your garden or on your allotment, we have put together a list that will help you decide which to use. 

  1. Bark
  2. Organic matter
  3. Straw / Hay
  4. Leaves
  5. Grass clippings

Reduce weeds with mulch using wood chip

You can use bark to tidy up pathways and borders and help to keep the weeds down. Being a dark-coloured, natural product, bark works well in any style of garden, but in areas where you are regularly working  such as an allotment or vegetable bed, you might want to keep the bark on the pathways only since it is best not to incorporate bark with the soil.  Apply the mulch in spring before the weeds get a hold or in autumn once the beds have been thoroughly weeded.

Organic matter can reduce weeds with mulch

This can include animal manure or homemade compost. All can be used to keep weeds down in garden borders and vegetable gardens. Each has various benefits, such as animal manures will feed the soil, most will help retain moisture, but nothing beats homemade compost. You can use your own compost bins for garden and kitchen food waste and make your own, which is immensely satisfying! There are also mulches available that are made solely from plants and will also provide your soil with nutrients. 

Use straw or hay to reduce weeds with mulch

Vegetable and fruit beds can be mulched with straw or hay as long as they are weed and seed free. It can really give a vegetable garden a great look, and as it breaks down, it will feed the soil. Please keep it away from stems/trunks as slugs and snails do tend to hide underneath. 

Reduce weeds with mulch made from grass cuttings

When you have mown your lawn, the clippings can then be used to mulch vegetable beds. They will be full of nitrogen and feed the soil while excluding light from the weeds to stop them from growing.

Mulching keeps the garden looking neat, replenishes the soil and helps to retain moisture. In the longer term as the mulch naturally decomposes, it can also help improve the structure of the soil. 

We always have bark chippings in stock at Merryhatton and you can purchase online at  Delivery service also available. 


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