Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:36
Yes Fairygirl, last year I used the bog standard chipped bark around new bareroot trees etc to keep weeds from around the plants while they got established but it lasted about 5 minutes, especially with the birds flicking it everywhere looking for food. It is quite expensive but it does say it lasts for 2 years and the bales are big. I think it is also 'fortified' with something like iron.
So re: mulching the bed I should leave it a bit longer for the soil to warm up then just do round the plants of they ever resurface? As the weather has been so mild I already have weeds growing! The other bed I've put some on is totally empty and I plan to put pot grown annuals into it by moving the mulch aside. I'm on clay so I need to mulch to improve the state of the soil. Hopefully I will be using homemade compost in Autumn as I can't afford to do shop bought every year!