- Mulching acts as a seal therefore improving the soil’s moisture retention.
- It reduces soil temperature so less water is lost due to evaporation
- Improves the condition of the soil
- Vital source of food for earthworms
- Increases the insect life in the garden
- Slows water that is running past plants
- It reduces reflectivity. Bare sand or clay soil can develop a very bright reflective surface which bounces the heat and light of the sun back onto plants (white gravel and pebbles)
- It reduces exposure to wind, which results in less moisture lost through evaporation.
- It promotes good root growth by retaining moisture in the root zone.
- It protects the roots of plants
- It suppresses weed growth by keeping out the light.
- It controls erosion by softening the impact of falling water and slowing it down before running off. It prevents soil from being washed way from around plants.
- Organic mulch eventually breaks down and improves the quality and water-holding capacity of the soil near the surface.
- Organic mulch is less conspicuous, allows water to pass through and will eventually decompose, thus increasing the humus content.
- Organic mulching includes manure, grass, leaves, moss, straw, seaweed.
- Spread a layer of mulch at least 4cm deep evenly.
- Container plants will benefit from mulching
- Pine needles are good for acid loving plants like azaleas and camellias
- Soak the ground well before mulching
- Stones, pebbles, gravel can be used as mulch but they can store heat and should be used cautiously in hot gardens and are most suitable in shady areas.
KELP SOIL CONDITIONER
Kelp soil conditioner is excellent for replacing used nutrients and minerals in the soil lost due to various circumstances. Promotes healthy growth.
Broadcast: 50g per sq.metre, should be worked into topsoil. Suitable for mechanical spreading.
Drilled or spread along rows: Apply 25g per metre run.
Fruit trees: Apply 100-200g (1-2 cupfuls) per tree, into holes made at drip circle or as per normal fertilising methods.
Potting soil or Seed box Work: Mix 1.5kg per cubic metre of soil.
TURBO GROW VOLCANIC ROCK DUST
- Lavagrow allows the soil to re-create the colloids (minerals and humates) which are needed to improve soil structure, moisture holding properties, nutrient availability and bacterial action.
- Rock Dust is 100% natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and an accepted input under the S.G.S Organic Production Standard.
- It replaces the minerals and trace elements that are lost due to removing of clippings and natural remineralisation from decaying plants.
Seedlings: 1 teaspoon per seedling
Pot plants: 1-2 Tablespoons per 5L capacity
Trees: 500g to 1kg per tree.
Roses & Shrubs: 1-2 cups per shrub or bush
General gardening, growing and landscaping; 500g-1kg per sq.metre.
Compost: 10kg per m3
Lawns: 1kg per 5m2
Agriculture: 1000kg per ha
Planting mixes: 2% of total volume of mix