Posted: 04/05/2017 at 17:34
No I've not used it Lily - sorry.
I've found that all smaller particle bark mulch only really lasts for one season before it disappears into the soil - so will be pleased to hear how you get on with this.
I've found the only mulching product which seems to really last are the large (approx 2cm diameter) ornamental pine bark nuggets. They take ages to rot down and only need to be topped up every 2 or 3 years - depending how often you disturb them / inadvertently dig them in when doing new planting. A couple of path and no dig areas still have some of the original covering from 5 years ago.
They are, therefore, good for weed suppression and water retention in low disturbance areas - but not much good for adding lots of organic matter to the soil.
I'm still looking at Strulch (mineralised straw) which is expensive but supposed to be a longer lasting ornamental mulch. Delighted to see Beechgrove are doing a mulch trial this season and Strulch is one of the products they are using. They are also using various bark mulches.
They started the trial off 2 weeks ago and is available on catch-up if you missed the programme first time round
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