Responsible water usage should be a fundamental element in all garden design, and ongoing water-saving practices should form part of all gardening activities.

What is mulching

Adding a layer of material to the surface of exposed soil is termed ‘mulching’. Almost any material can be used successfully as mulch, including inorganic materials such as plastic. Organic mulching – using pine bark or compost for example – is preferable, as the material is easily broken down in the soil.

Mulching has several benefits

  • Conserves water
  • Reduces evaporation of soil surface
  • Mediates soil temperatures
  • Reduces weed growth

There are different types of organic mulch including:

  • Leaves
  • Wood chips
  • Grass cuttings
  • Straw
  • Compost

Stockosorb

  • Stockosorb is a water retaining polymer that increases the water holding capacity of soil.
  • Stockosorb amended soil needs to be watered thoroughly to activate the polymer.
  • Once active,Stockosorb will retain water, preventing runoff and the loss of nutrients. The frequency of
    irrigation can thus be reduced by at least 50 %.

Credits

Referenced from Efekto , Green Fingers : Your gardening and product guide from Efekto

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