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Top tips on how to spread mulch this Spring

When spreading mulch around young plants and seedlings, it is important to take care not to damage the delicate stems or foliage. Here are some steps to follow when spreading mulch around young plants and seedlings:

  • Wait until plants are established: It is best to wait until your plants have established their roots and are growing vigorously before adding mulch. This will help prevent the mulch from smothering the plants and blocking their access to air and water.
  • Use a thin layer of mulch: When spreading mulch around young plants and seedlings, use a thin layer of no more than 1-2 inches. This will help provide insulation, retain moisture and suppress weed growth without suffocating the plants.
  • Apply mulch in a doughnut shape: To avoid covering the young plants, apply the mulch in a doughnut shape around the plant. Keep the mulch several inches away from the plant stem to prevent moisture buildup and fungal growth. Or use our plantpot technique!

Watch our video with the plant pot technique!

  • Hand-spread the mulch: When spreading mulch around young plants and seedlings, it is best to spread it by hand rather than using a tool or rake. This will help prevent damage to the plants and ensure that the mulch is distributed evenly.
  • Water the mulch: Once the mulch is in place, water it gently to help settle it into place and provide moisture for the plants. Avoid overwatering, as this can cause the mulch to become waterlogged and promote fungal growth.

By following these steps, you can safely spread mulch around young plants and seedlings without damaging them. Apsley Farm’s mulch can help improve soil health, retain moisture, suppress weeds and enhance plant growth, making it an essential component of any garden. Order now through our online shop

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Sustainability and efficiency is at the heart of everything we do at Apsley Farms. We’ve adopted cutting edge technologies and turned low value crops into renewable energy. We focus on a circular economy by returning the nutrients in our digestate products back to the land as a fertiliser.
Our process of generating green gas and other important by-products ticks three important boxes: it displaces natural gas (fossil fuel) in the gas grid to heat people’s homes; it displaces CO2 made by the fertiliser industry, which is essential in the food industry; and it simultaneously generates natural fertiliser in the process!