Mulch Meaning and Definition

How does Mulch work?

A mulch is a layer of organic matter that is applied to the soil of beds, boarders and vegetables patches. The main reason for using mulch is to increase organic matter to your soil, lock in moisture, reduce weeding and weeds and to create the an aesthetically pleasing area.

What makes good mulch?

Good mulch is organic in nature, stops weeds, locks in moisture and adds nurtients to your soil.

What is the difference between compost and mulch?

Compost is a growing medium and mulch you will lay on the surface of the beds to reduce weeds. Apsley Farms mulch is too strong to grow in when fresh and will leach beneficial nutrients in the soil. The mulch will turn into a compost within 3 months.

What colour mulch looks best?

During the Autumn, Winter and Spring months the Apsley Farms Mulch looks best – light brown in colour.

During the summer months when the plants are out Apsley Farms Summer Top Dressing looks best – Darker in colour which makes the plants really stand out!

Can you use Mulch on anything?

When using fresh Apsley Farms mulch we would recommend leaving a gap around young plants during late spring and summer months. Also due to the pH being alkaline when fresh we would recommend not using on ericaceous plants, leave for a month or two for pH to drop.

Is mulch toxic to humans?

Apsley Farms mulch is not toxic to humans. There is a smell of ammonia when using fresh mulch this dissipates within a day or two, it is safe if you are working outside. We recommend always working with gloves when using our mulch. Do not eat the mulch even through it is vegan friendly!

What are the disadvantages of mulch?

The main disadvantages of Apsley Farms mulch are when fresh is might burn young and tender plants if it is laid directly on the leaves of the plants, to avoid this leave a 2-3″ gap around each plant in the spring and summer.

The pH of fresh mulch is alkaline, and we would recommend not using on ericaceous plants, leave for a month or two for pH to drop.

What is the difference between mulch and bark?

The main difference between mulch and bark, is as bark decomposes it will absorb the nitrogen and moisture from the soil as it breaks down. Nitrogen will be released once bark has decomposed but this does take time for the benefits to be seen. Apsley Farms Mulch will release nutrients including nitrogen into the soil and lock in moisture while it decomposes down. Mulch will give instance benefit the soil once applied.

Is mulch acidic or alkaline?

Apsley Farms Mulch starts alkaline a pH of 8-8.5. This will reduce to a more neutral base over time, usually about 3 months depending on the weather conditions.

Does mulch change soil pH?

Apsley Farms mulch doesn’t change the soil pH as this will drop over time to a neutral base.

How long does it take for mulch to break down?

Apsley Farms Mulch usually last for 9-12 months depending on the weather condtions and the rate of application.

What is the difference between wood chip and mulch?

The main difference between wood chip and mulch, is when the wood chip starts to decompose it will absorb the nitrogen and moisture from the soil. The Nitrogen will be released once wood chip has decomposed but this does take time for the benefits to be seen. Apsley Farms Mulch will release nutrients including nitrogen into the soil and lock in moisture while it decomposes down. Mulch will give instance benefit the soil once applied.

Also, wood chip can be cut in different sizes and if you want uniform sizes throughout the garden Apsley Farms mulch is all cut to the same size.

Best use for our wood chip is for pet runs and natural looking paths.

What is the difference between mulch and soil?

Soil is a growing medium that supports root growth and development. A mulch is a layer of organic matter that is applied to the soil of beds, boarders and vegetables patches.