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You must be barking!


The best time to apply decorative bark is when the soil is thoroughly moist. Most often this is in late winter or early spring, but bark can be applied at any time of year so long as the soil is moist.  A minimum layer should be 5cm (2in) thick, so that it reduces unnecessary evaporation from the soil surface.  You'll need a pair of scissors to open the top of the bag, once opened you can either tip the bag up and pour on to the designated area, or use a trowel to scatter.  To make sure the bark is even and to move it under plants and shrubs, use the flat edge of a soil rake.


Applying a thick layer of decorative bark to your soil surfaces (called a mulch) does much more than just make your garden look attractive. It helps to retain soil moisture, suppresses weed growth and will gradually improve the structure of your soil.  The bark will also help insulate the soil and protect your plant roots from cold, freezing weather in winter and hot, dry conditions in summer.


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