Garden Bark and Mulching

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Rolawn Landscaping Bark is produced from organic material which can naturally help your garden soil retain and hold water, which is ideal for our changeable climate.

Rolawn are widely regarded as the UK's leading supplier of high quality topsoil and turf and their landscape bark completes the trio.  If you're looking to give finishing touches to a landscaping project or an effective garden mulch to your beds and borders, then the Rolawn Landscape Bark fits the bill perfectly. Mulching with garden bark means you’re letting your garden do most of the work, but there are a few simple steps to help it on its way.

  • Beds and borders can be mulched at any time of year, however the best time to apply a garden mulch is mid to late spring or autumn, whilst the soil is damp and not too cold.
  • Clear any weeds from the bed or border you wish to dress with bark.
  • Mulching will stop unwanted weeds or grass competing with your plants!
  • Over time the bark will break down into your soil enriching it with essential nutrients.
  • Make sure the bed or border is receptive by loosening any hard or trodden down areas with a fork first.
  • Applying bark will help to stop moisture evaporating and enables your soil to hold onto more water.
  • Before you lay the mulch, dampen the surface of your bed or border as this will also help the mulch to stay in place.
  • If you want to retain moisture and slow down weed growth, it’s important you don’t skimp on the amount of bark you apply. Aim for at least 50mm (about two inches).
  • Your plants need room to breathe, so avoid applying too much bark too close to the plant stems or tree trunks to prevent waterlogging or rot setting in.
  • Gradually, the mulch will naturally breakdown into the soil, enriching your garden in the process, so may need topping up occasionally.
Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo  Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is new on the Harrod Horticultural block and has recently taken over her post as Horticultural Advisor and Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 18 years ago.  Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment, where she grows her own organic fruit and vegetables.


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