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  • Thank you all so much. This is the composted bark I was going to buy, as it comes in individual bags. Will this do the trick? I keep seeing reference to composted bark 'fine' and not sure if this is the right stuff? Thank you! 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 27,653
    Thank you all so much. This is the composted bark I was going to buy, as it comes in individual bags. Will this do the trick? I keep seeing reference to composted bark 'fine' and not sure if this is the right stuff? Thank you! 
    It's fine , but expensive if you need to work it over a bit area.
    I have local tree surgeons dump my lorry loads of woodchippings which rots down pretty quickly , or you could use it as a mulch.
    Devon.
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose North YorkshirePosts: 535
    I have heavy clay soil. I regularly turn it over and trake to break it down. I mulch with home made compost and I also throw used compost from pots onto it as well. It has been a long while but slowly it is improving. I have also had a go at making leaf mould last year and it is still doing its thing in a black bin liner.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,659
    edited 6 April
    I agree it looks good for your purpose, if rather pricey.
    There's a photo of the stuff I had delivered on this site for reference- 
    https://www.cpa-horticulture.co.uk/bark-mulch/composted-bark-fines
    It was delivered in 70L bags @ £6/bag
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  • shane.farrellshane.farrell Posts: 184
    I'd just mulch heavily with cheap compost  each spring (and autumn if you can). Put a 2 to 3 inch layer all over and let the worms dig it in. In the meantime choose plants that can use heavy soil (there are plenty) and dig in a fair bit to each planting hole.
  • shane.farrellshane.farrell Posts: 184
    edited 8 April
    Ps I use the 5x40l bags for a tenner at Morrisons  (in orange bags) for this. It's cheaper than a bulk bag. At 5p per litre anyway.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,489
    I would certainly recommend the composted bark from CPA Horticultural but the price Pete.8 stated was for 40 bags, I bought 20 and it was £8.25 a bag so I think your price isn't bad .It seems to be in Ireland so CPA wouldnt be delivering anyway.
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