How to reduce weeds in your flower beds – make the most of mulch and see how it can help!
When you’ve spent time and made the effort to create attractive beds and borders, the last thing you want is for them to end up overrun with weeds!
That’s plain annoying!
So what can you do? Make the most of mulch and see how it can help!
Adding a thick layer of mulch is a brilliant way to suppress weeds in beds and borders.
It stops the daylight from reaching the ground to allow the weeds to grow.
It might sound odd, but while mulch will suppress weeds, it will actually help your other plants to grow!
It does this by acting as a thermal layer in hot and cold weather and protecting the plant roots.
You can make your own mulch from your compost heap if you have one, or you can buy specially-produced bark chips.
When should you lay mulch?
The best time to lay mulch is when the ground is moist.
If your beds and borders are already established, add the mulch in late Winter or early Spring before the weeds start to grow.
If they’ve already started growing it will be harder to stop them!
Is there anything else you can do?
If you’re planting up a new border it’s a good idea to lay a permeable weed membrane before you add the mulch.
Lay the membrane, cut holes for your plants and pop them in and then spread the mulch on top of the membrane.
You will, unfortunately, still need to weed every now and then. But it won’t be anywhere near as often as if you don’t use a mulch layer!
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