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:
- Wood chips
- Grass cuttings
- 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 %.
Referenced from Efekto , Green Fingers : Your gardening and product guide from Efekto
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