2 Products to Improve Your Flower Beds

 

The evenings are getting lighter and when the weekends arrive there's a real smell of spring in the air. What a perfect time for you to look at ways to improve your flower beds.

Mushroom Compost

Mushroom compost is perfect to reinvigorate a flower bed and bulk it up again, and it's also ideal to mix in with soil when you are creating or topping up your veg patch, as well as helping with drainage. Traditionally, mushroom compost has been made with well-rotted stable manure, but mushroom compost nowadays is generally made using composted straw. Either of these options are plentiful in the sort of nutrients that are most desired by plants, and there's plenty left after the mushrooms are done with it!

Mushroom compost often also contains chalk, which makes it alkaline in nature. When using mushroom compost for bulking up your flower beds, use it in moderation, and mix with well-rotted manure, garden compost or top soil which are only slightly alkaline or neutral in their reaction. This avoids excessive build-up of chalk in the soil which can damage otherwise healthy plants.

Why not try a bag and find how good it is for your garden. View our mushroom compost

 

Bark Mulch

Putting a mulch on your beds is a good way of not having to weed or maintain your bed on a weekly basis, which gives you more time to enjoy your garden when it's sunny, and maybe even a glass of wine in the sun.

Landscape bark and hardwood chips are often used around flowerbeds, trees and shrubs as a mulch material. They add a decorative touch to your landscape, while also suppressing weeds, retaining soil moisture, moderating soil temperature and preventing compaction.

Landscape Bark

Landscape bark is usually made from the bark of softwood trees such as pine, spruce, fir and redwood, and is used by home gardeners as a decorative mulch material. Producers of landscape bark mechanically remove the bark from the trees, and from there it is shredded or graded for use as a landscape material. It is available in a range of sizes and is usually processed into chunks, granules or shredded material. Landscape bark chunks tend to last longer than shredded or granulated products.

Advantages

Bark mulches add an attractive colour and texture to the landscape. Landscape bark retains its rich colour and decomposes more rapidly than hardwood chips. This type of wood mulch only needs to be renewed every two to three years, unless it has washed away. Wood chips are ideal for moisture retention and temperature control as well, and they are not easily blown or washed away. They don’t compact as other materials will do and are ideal for suppressing weeds.

So when you have got your beds nourished with some mushroom compost try our decorative bark to finish them off and make them look managed and maintained. View our garden bark mulch