Landscaping Bark Available From Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire
After yesterday’s article about giant slugs we thought a few ideas to help keep them away from your prize boarders might be of help. Slugs don’t like ruff uneven surfaces to slither over. So bark is an idea solution. It also has many more benefits.
Ideal for use as a natural weed suppressant.
Long lasting, decorative coverage.
This is a free draining yet moisture retaining product
Combination of large chunks and fines.
Mulch as a protection against drought and cold
As the definition describes, mulch is perfect for protecting your plants roots, especially from drought, heat or cold. It provides a natural, recyclable barrier that "insulates" your plants roots from the external conditions.
All mulches will let water drain through from above but slow the movement back up through evaporation. This is even true of any irrigation you may apply to your borders.
Mulching however also has another huge benefit to your garden. A well applied mulch will restrict weed growth, always a battle for keen and amateur, time poor gardeners alike.
How does mulching reduce weed growth
The mulch acts by preventing light from reaching weed seeds so they don't germinate. In the first year of application, the mulch will also act as an "impenetrable" layer for germinating weed seeds that have had a "dose" of light, moisture and heat. This is not the case if you use fine "compost" type mulch like green waste compost or spent mushroom compost.
With these products, you must add enough depth that the emerging weed shoots will run out of steam before they emerge.
The most common mulch is Bark mulch. It is cheap to buy and also has a longer term effect (3-5 years is possible). Airborne weed seeds, that will attack garden borders anytime after the mulch is laid, find bark chippings an unsuitable place to germinate and grow. Even if they do survive the early part of life, they are very easily removed by hand from the bark chips as their roots are unable to lock everything together.