Late Spring is a lovely time in the garden. The caryopteris and the weigela are in full bloom.
There are lots of flower borders in my garden and hand-weeding the weeds that spring up is a time-consuming task. I would rather spend time in a deckchair, so this season I have tried out a mulch that is new to me - Grow-Sure Smart Ground Cover.
It's marketed as a product that is superior to the bark chippings that I normally use and so far I am very pleased with its effectiveness. It goes further than bark chippings and is more attractive - the promise that it will look like freshly dug soil has proven true, and it is not spread around where I don't want it to be by the various marauding birds and neighbours cats who like to peck and prowl amongst the borders.
|End of April - Immediately after laying mulch, before watering in|
|After watering in. Brilliant!|
The mulch has been in place for around four weeks now and only a few weed seedlings have poked through, in places where I didn't spread the mulch thickly enough. I just spend a few minutes pulling them out during my evening patrol of the garden.
|Late May - after 4 weeks|
- Grow-Sure Smart Ground Cover is composed of wood fibres.
- A downside is that I found this mulch more time-consuming to spread than bark, which can be simply tipped from the bag and spread with a fork.
- The instructions advise breaking up any clods of mulch in the bags. The mulch was all in clods! The technique that I developed was to tease the mulch apart with my fingers until it resembled cotton wool.
- It's advised to remove all weeds from the plot before mulching.
- After weeding, I watered the borders well and threw some fertilizer around the plants before spreading the mulch.
- Once the mulch has been laid it has to be watered in to bond the wood fibres together into a mat.
- The manufacturer states that the mulch should be effective for several years
P.S. One Year Later
I am very impressed with the effectiveness of Grow-Sure Smart Ground Cover. Weeds have poked through only in a very few places where I didn't spread it thickly enough. My garden is labour-intensive, as I have lots of borders and I would rather be sitting enjoying it than working, so I will be buying more of this product this year.