If you’re looking to achieve a low maintenance garden, try applying wood bark on your beds and borders to suppress weeds and give your garden a fresh, new look. Wood bark has many benefits for the gardener, so find out how what the advantages are with tips and ideas from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.
Use it as a mulch
Mulch is used to improve the soil around plants. When plants have a layer of mulch applied, nutrients from the mulch transfer into the soil and are then sucked up into the plants. These vital nutrients allow the plants to grow healthier and produce bigger, better blooms. Mulches also help to retain moisture in the soil and protect the roots of plants from drying out during the summer, and will also provide protection from extremes of cold during the winter months.
No weeds here!
Enjoy a weed-free garden with the help of wood bark. When spread over soil, bark acts as a weed suppressant, starving the weeds of essential light which they need to grow.
Not only does it look very attractive when spread over borders, bark will also help to keep moisture locked in the soil, which means that you’ll spend less time watering the plants. This also works a treat when bark is spread over the soil in pots and containers.
Deter garden pests
Border bark can also be used to help discourage common garden pests, such as slugs, from destroying your plants.
Bark is a completely natural product and will eventually break down, releasing nutrients into the soil which will vastly improve the make-up of the soil that your plants are growing in. The extra nutritional benefits will result in healthier plants – great news for your garden.
How to apply
Simply spread the bark over the soil in beds and borders, to a depth of between 5cm and 8cm. For the best results, spread the bark anytime during the spring, summer and autumn months when the soil is warm and moist.