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The benefits of spreading mulch this Autumn

Top 5 benefits of spreading mulch this Autumn
  1. Improves your soil by adding organic matter. Our mulch is approved by the Soil Assocation for organic use.
  2. Protects your soil in harsh weather and provides protection for plants: Spreading mulch around the base of plants, especially trees and shrubs can provide a protective layer against harsh weather conditions.
  3. Prepares your soil for Spring planting. By mulching in autumn, you set the stage for an easier gardening experience in the Spring. The mulch will already be in place to suppress weeds, retain moisture and provide additional nutrients as the growing season begins.
  4. Prevent soil erosion and run-off. Heavy rains in Autumn can lead to soil erosion. Mulch acts as a protective layer, preventing soil particles from being washed away by rainwater.
  5. Retains moisture in the soil: Mulch helps to retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation in Autumn when the weather can still be dry. Maintaining adequate soil moisture is crucial to support plant health, especially for trees, shrubs, and perennials as they head into winter. Read more here
  6. Temperature regulation: Mulch acts as an insulating layer, helping to regulate soil temperatures. In Autumn as temperatures start to drop, mulch can help to keep the soil warmer for longer. This is beneficial for plant roots and especially important for perennial plants and young trees, as it reduces the risk of frost and root damage.
  7. Weed suppression: Autumn mulching can help prevent weed growth. By creating a physical barrier between the soil and sunlight, mulch inhibits weed germination and growth. This reduce the amount of weeding required in the following growing season.
  8. Aesthetic appeal: A well-mulched garden looks tidy and well-maintained. Mulching adds visual interest and colour to your garden as you prepare it for winter.
  9. Prevent soil compaction: Mulch helps to prevent soil compaction caused by heavy rain and foot traffic. Compacted soil can hinder water infiltration and root growth. Maintaining a layer of mulch helps to preserve soil structure.
  10. Reduced the spread of disease: Mulch can act as a barrier between soil and plant foliage. This reduces the likelihood of soil-borne diseases splashing onto leaves during heavy rains.

Mulch is ideal to use for no dig. Read more about the no dig method here

When spreading mulch in autumn, keep in mind the appropriate thickness (typically 2-4 inches) and avoid piling it up against the stems or trunks of plants to prevent moisture-related issues.

To order our soil improving mulch from £60 per 730L bag or £50 for 2 or more bags please click here

Apsley Farms in Andover, Hampshire

About Apsley Farms

Producer of organically certified gardening products
Soil improving mulch, top dressing and liquid plant feed that is produced on-site as a by-product and derived from rye, barley, grass and maize crops. Visit our Shop

Producing green energy since 2012
We are a family-run arable farm and contractor, producing crops for our Biogas plant, generating enough energy to heat 8,500 houses all year round.

Sustainable farming
Over the years, the Apsley team has built up considerable experience in modern and innovative farming practices, as well as forming partnerships with other farms and the wider farming community. Read more about Apsley Farms’ sustainable farming methods here

Supplier of CO2 Gas
Apsley Farms produces food-grade carbon dioxide as a by-product of the biogas plant.
We also have CO2 testing facilities onsite. Find out more here