We’re well into fall now, the period of hearty stews, warming fires and thicker duvets and blankets on the bed.
We should also be considering insulating the garden
•throwing an overcoat on boundaries to keep them snug throughout the coldest months.
It is time to mulch, to bring a layer of well-rotted compost, manure or leafmould which can insulate plant roots, keep weeds at bay and then break down through winter to feed the soil and increase its structure.
Add your mulch in a layer around 3in (7cm) thick to dirt that is damp and has been weeded. If soil is dry, wait till after the upcoming substantial rainfall as mulching on dry dirt can cause drought conditions due to rain being unable to penetrate down and causing plants to suffer.
Mulching is not the same as feeding, and while it does feed the soil it is in such little and slow quantities that crops won’t yield to expansion.
Actual fertilisers should not be added because they will stimulate new shoots that will be too weak and tender to
Endure winter. Once broken by frosts they will blacken and begin to rot, weakening the plant and supplying a handy entry point for ailments.
Wait until late winter or early spring to restart feeding your plants, since it is if they will go back to life following their winter dormancy and are hungry to get nourishment which will assist gas regeneration through the growing season. Leave a difference, as moist mulch can soften and weaken the bark and provide an entry point for pests and diseases.
Chimney Sheep recycles jute and wool offcuts to make mulches and insulating material for soil and plants
Recycle or try woolly offcuts Flattened cardboard boxes are perfect for warming empty dirt and obstructing weeds. The same applies to old plastic mulch bags.
Wool slug pellets are another helpful addition because as well as blocking pests they insulate plant roots and gradually degrade, feeding the dirt as they do so.
Chimney Sheep is a Cumbrian company that uses Herdwick sheep wool and jute offcuts to make mulches and mulch mats that fit around trees and plants of all sizes.
They keep weeds and pests at bay and slowly rust to feed and insulate the soil and plants.
Four top tips for mulching plants and dirt
1、Homemade compost may be a bit weedy, however a quick hoeing gets rid of these weeds. Leave them down as additional mulch.
2、Pile straw round the crowns of less hardy evergreen agapanthus and penstemons to insulate through winter.
3、Leave fallen leaves on the ground to break down or to get worms to drag them to the soil, improving it and improving its construction.
4、Well-rotted manure is ideal for mulching.Layer it on thickly to shield roots, suppress weeds and disease the soil.