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Spring mulch with bark or wood chirping

ankitgoel26ankitgoel26 Posts: 2
edited March 2021 in Garden design
Hi all,

I am new here and also fairly new to gardening (some positive of the lockdown). I am trying to find out if I should mulch my flower and veg bed which are mostly empty apart from few plants and a tree and over winter garlic and onions? I am growing many different plants that I will plant our later in April/May but wondering if I do need to mulch to protect the moisture or is it not necessary?

Any suggestions would be really helpful.

Thanks,
Ag

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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,229
    What sort of soil do you have? What are you thinking of planting? At this stage a dressing of well rotted manure would be better, not least because you won't have to fiddle with it when you plant.
  • Hi Posy,

    Thanks for a prompt response, really appreciate it. I have been trying to find out myself what sold type I have. After reading info online and esp https://www.boughton.co.uk/products/topsoils/soil-types/, it looks like sandy soil. It's usually free draining and have lots of little rocks but at the moment, soil is dense and thick due to the rain over the winters. 

    I am planning to plant many annuals like cosmos, marigold, borage, cornflower, crocosmia, etc.

    I like your suggestion to use well rotted manure. Can I. use rake to mix it up. after the dressing or just dress it up? 

    Thanks again!
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,122
    I use bark mulch to suppress weeds. Where I have it, I wouldn't be able to keep the beds weed-free without it. I don't use it in my perennial beds where I just plant very densely. I use the bark mulch in beds where I can't do dense planting (like my rose bed, some parts of shrub bed and in a narrow bed in the front garden).
    I have sandy soil and it works well to keep it moist. It disappears quickly and needs to be top-upped every year.
    The downside is birds, making a mess with it, throwing it on the lawn and everywhere. It's blackbirds digging for goodies in the mulch. I don't blame them, I guess they help with pests too, but it's annoying.
    I wouldn't use it in a vegetable bed. It's more for a permanent planting, where you almost never need to dig.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,229
    My soil is very heavy, so I'm not much use to you! I would fork it in lightly to help reserve moisture later but annuals don't want lots of manure so not a hard job. Basically, you spread a layer on top and fork or hoe it into the surface. Free-draining soil experts will soon provide good advice.....
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