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Using Bark As A Mulch

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Bark mulch can add so many benefits to your garden, but it is important to make sure you apply it correctly in order to get the most out of it.

The best time to apply mulch is either mid to late spring, or autumn as you ideally need warm moist soil. The moisture content and temperature of the soil will be ideal at this point in the year. If you leave it until winter, the ground will be too cold and mulching in summer on dry soil will mean you won’t achieve the same benefits.

Before mulching, remove all the weeds from the flower bed and apply a weed membrane to help keep the maintenance needed low. If you are creating a new flower bed, it is a good idea to plant through the membrane. The membrane will let water through, but help keep pesky weeds at bay.

When it comes to spreading the bark mulch, you want to try and achieve a depth of at least 2 inches. If it is too thin it will not provide the protection to the soil and plants that you are looking for. However, don’t go much deeper than 3 inches as it can then start to starve the soil of oxygen and water.

When mulching, try not to smother low growing plants and remember to leave a space between the mulch and the plant’s stem. Leave at least an inch gap as the mulch can make the stems soft, making them more susceptible to disease.

If you are over wintering plants, consider cutting them right back and covering them in bark. This will keep them well insulated through the cold weather. Just remember to uncover them again in time of spring! If you decide to add fertiliser to the flower bed, there is no need to remove the bark, just spread it over the top and water it all in. Although, the bark will add its own nutrients to the soil naturally so hopefully you won’t need to do this too often!