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Is it too dry to mulch now?

My soil is dry and sandy and really needs a mulch to improve the soil quality. Had been intending to do so this spring but what with lockdown and working with kids not got round to it! Our soil is now really dry and no rain forecast for weeks. Heard we’re not supposed to mulch in the summer as too dry-does that apply to now? If so, could I water before and after instead? Or should I just wait for a wet spell? Thanks! 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887
    Feed with Fish, Blood & Bone, water well then mulch. We’ve been doing it the past few days. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Another vote for just water it. It's the same thing as rain. You just don't want a dry boundary between new mulch, as it makes the mulch retain the moisture without letting it into the ground. I would never mulch here if I waited for the perfect conditions. I just get out the hose pipe.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,059
    I have dry sandy soil too and I don't mulch to a schedule, but in bits and pieces when it's wet enough and there's space. Some areas got done in the autumn. At the moment the ground is mostly covered with plants. When I clear the  spring self-sowers (forget-me-nots & honesty) and the dead bulb foliage, if it's damp enough, or I can be bothered to get the hose pipe out, I'll mulch those areas then scatter the seeds from the self-sowers on top.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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