Soil Improving Mulch bags | Soil improver bulk bag

(18 customer reviews)

£70.00 per 730 Litre bag (approx)
£60 per bag - 2 or more bags (using MULCHONLINE coupon)

Our current delivery target is 3 working days.

Our stock is updated daily based on how busy our transport team is.

If you’re more than 30 miles from our farm (Andover, Hampshire) an additional delivery charge may apply for using our nationwide pallet delivery service.

22 in stock

5.0 ★★★★★ (267 reviews)

Apsley Farms’ mulch allows rain to penetrate and helps the soil retain moisture. It suppresses weeds, protects plant roots during a dry summer and cold winter weather and adds vital nutrients – all at the same time..

Key product information

Apsley Farms Soil Improving Mulch is used by a number of teams at RHS Garden Wisley

Important information

When applying our Mulch this spring, we would strongly recommend leaving a space around your young or tender plants. This will avoid any chance of burning issues. This happens due to the ammonia content. This will dissipate after around 24 – 48  hours being outside depending on weather conditions.

Mushrooms in your mulch – Visit our FAQ Page to find out why mushrooms in your mulch are a good thing!

Caution do not store or use fresh Soil Improving Mulch in enclosed places (eg. greenhouses, polytunnels, garages, cold frames and cloches).


How to use and when should you use our mulch?

There are three different ways we would recommend using Apsley Farms’ mulch

1. Using mulch as a Soil Improver

Use Apsley Farms Mulch as a Soil Improver to improve the quality and condition of your soil by adding nutrients and organic matter. A healthy garden or allotment starts with healthy soil. Please click to find out more – Soil Improver

2. Using mulch as a Top Dressing

Using Apsley Farms Mulch as a Top Dressing will reduce the usual garden maintenance, suppress and stop weed growth and give a professional finish to your garden. Please click to find out more – Top Dressing.

3. Using Mulch to improve your Lawn or Sports Pitches

Use Apsley Farms Mulch as a lawn dressing and help create a seed bed for turf or seed. Our organically approved peat-free mulch is the perfect alternative to chemicals and other synthetic materials. Please click to find out more – Lawn Dressing

Apsley Mulch Spreading

 

See the results from our Independent Growth Trial

To see the results click here.

 

Use our soil improving mulch as a slug deterrent. Slugs and snails don’t like our Mulch – here’s the proof!

It certainly isn’t a slug killer, however it may stop slugs and snails from eating your plants.

 

Our video experiment showing how snails avoid Apsley Farms Mulch:

 

Product Details

Our mulch is anaerobically produced fibrous material, we are proud to say that it has been certified for Organic Use by the Soil Association. Click here to read about anaerobic digestion

  • Rye, maize, barley and grass used as the feed crops are farmed and cultivated by Apsley Farms
  • The crops are stored in large storage sacks (called Ag-bags) to pickle – for around 6 months
  • It is then added to the Anaerobic Digestor for 150+ days to produce Green renewable energy, both gas and electricity. This process kills all seed traces that might be found
  • Each 730 litre bag of Apsley Farms Mulch will have heated a home for 21 days
  • Contains healthy amounts of Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorus, and other beneficial trace elements
  • Peat-free
  • Soil Association approved for Organic Use
  • Improves soil structure for both heavy clay and sandy soils
  • Helps with moisture retention
  • Light and easy to handle and once applied is aesthetically pleasing
  • Reduces soil erosion during heavy rain
  • Increases the protection of roots
  • Free from synthetics, waste and plastic
  • Attracts worms to your garden
  • Vegan friendly
  • pH 8-8.5

Our mulch doesn’t have a manure smell, rather has an ammonia smell that dissipates quickly when spread. Left standing outside this will dissipate naturally in around 24 – 48 hours depending on the weather conditions.

Technical Information and Analysis

Fresh Mulch

Units Results Amounts per fresh tonne
Oven Dry Matter % 20.6 206
Total Nitrogen % w/w 2.59 5.34
Ammonium Nitrogen mg/kg 9898 2.04
Nitrate Nitrogen mg/kg <10 <0.01
Total Phosphorus (P) % w/w 0.605 2.85
Total Potassium (K) % w/w 2.71 6.7
Total Magnesium (Mg) % w/w 0.331 1.13
Total Sulphur (S) % w/w 0.303 1.56
Total Copper (Cu) mg/kg 11.3 <0.01
Total Zinc (Zn) mg/kg 51.2 0.01
Total Sodium (Na) % w/w 0.047 0.13
Total Calcium (Ca) mg/kg 8921 1.84

How our Mulch is composted down after three months.

pH – 6.8 – 7.3
Unit Results Amount per fresh tonne
Oven Dry Matter % 12.1 121
Total Nitrogen % w/w 3.14 3.8
Total Phosphorus (P) % w/w 0.45 1.25
Total Potassium (K) %w/w 0.174 0.25
Total Magnesium (Mg) %w/w 0.243 0.49

This is a similiar product to garden compost, delivered free with in 30 miles or nationwide.

Delivery information

If you’re lucky enough to be within 30 miles of our farm in Andover; we offer FREE DELIVERY using our in-house fleet of vans with cranes to manoeuvre the mulch bags. Our specialist team can deliver onto gravel driveways and up tight country roads safely. For more information see our delivery page.

Bulk discounts

If you’re after a large quantity of mulch in bulk bags or loose loads please contact us on 01264 554433

Additional information

Weight 500 kg
Dimensions 90 × 90 × 90 cm
litres

730

delivery


£60 per bag – 2 or more bags (using MULCHONLINE coupon)

Typical weight

400-500kg

Reviews from around the web

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- 2 days ago
Dear all at Apsley, Thank you for delivering my order so promptly, having only ordered it yesterday... and with excellent communication on ETA. ...A special thanks to Neil, who dropped the 3 bags exactly where required, with a smile and pinpoint accuracy. Best Wishes, David
- 4 days ago
I just wanted to say thank you to Apsley Farms for excellent service this morning.  The driver gave me advanced telephone notice, delivery was to time, efficiently carried out by your 'lady driver' (whose name I didn't ask for) and we at Sarisbury were very happy with the service provided. Thank you all very much. Good use will be made of the mulch in our allotment 'corner memorial garden' which, thanks to previous deliveries, is full of colourful flowers and shrubs as the result of improved soil quality.  We continually get compliments from passing members of the public looking over our fence ad we are always pleased to attribute our success to Apsley Farms mulch (and a lot of hard work from Liz, the corner area gardener.) best wishes to you all, Robin G
- 2 weeks ago
Good morning, I was lucky enough to win a 730 litre bag of mulch last October in an Allotment Online competition. You very kindly honoured my prize, despite my living in York, well outside the free delivery area! There was enough mulch for my whole garden in autumn and now the growing season is upon us, I am amazed by the results! Our slug damage is minimal (despite others in our village who claim to hold the national slug and snail collection)! Everything is growing with such vigour and by now, our beautiful roses which have normally fallen victim to black spot, are only very slightly affected. I can’t thank you enough and will certainly be ordering more in autumn. Kind regards, Marylyn K
- 1 month ago
I thought you might like to see picture of our new sensory garden which we have just finished weeding and mulching ready for planting. We are delighted with our progress and that we can give our plants such fabulous boost.  
- 1 month ago
I just wanted to send a quick message to thank you for the delivery. Not only the best mulch that I have used to date, but incredible customer service, especially from David ref. navigating the narrow driveway and expertly unloading the bags perfectly onto pre lade blue sheeting. Beyond grateful. Hope you have a great weekend. Katinka
- 1 month ago
Friendly and helpful people
- 1 month ago
Quick note to say the Soil Improver/mulch  was safely delivered by a really professional guy who reversed into our drive in rush hour from a busy country lane and manoeuvred into quite a tight space and placed the 2 bags exactly where I wanted them. I have started to mulch all my beds and have to say we are delighted with the quality of the mulch and ease of use. Really impressed thank you! Best wishes Judi & Geoff
- 1 month ago
Ordered 2 x mulch for last 2 years and results have been amazing. Summer top dressing is epic. Fantastic customer service from Tracey. Very professional and efficient ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- 1 month ago
Helpful, cost effective, good customer service and I got free delivery. Product is excellent, organic and eco friendly
- 1 month ago
Customer service + quality is always 10 out of 10. Have been using them for years.

18 reviews for Soil Improving Mulch bags | Soil improver bulk bag by customers on our website

  1. Stephen

    This mulch is the best I have ever bought and at a good price.

  2. John Hunter (verified owner)

    Just received our second bag. The most friendly and helpful delivery driver is also one of Apsley’s assets – such great service all round. Have recommended to many friends as a great value product which is so good for the garden, just as I was recommended to benefit from the mulch. Thank you.

  3. Alison Small (verified owner)

    I ordered my first bag of Apsley farm soil improver this week over the phone. Excellent customer service, Tom was very helpful and cheerful. Very prompt delivery by the charming Martin who answered all my questions and offered lots of advice. I’m so pleased with this product that l have ordered more. I’m starting a new to me no dig allotment so l am thrilled to use organic vegan mulch. I highly recommend this company.

  4. Roger Nield (verified owner)

    Great service all along the delivery path. The mulch is top quality and I am delighted.

  5. Karen Head (verified owner)

    Last year I found solace growing flowers for the bees so I’m building on that this year. This mulch has to be the greatest gift I’ve given to my garden! So satisfying to be able to add a generous layer and there are many happy worms right now. Delivery was great…..a friendly phone call, a helpful and informative driver , and the bag was positioned perfectly. I admire the ethos of Apsley Farms, and it feels good to be playing my small part.

  6. Rachel Oliver (verified owner)

    Couldn’t be happier with this product. It arrived much quicker than we expected and was positioned perfectly on our awkward driveway. Started spreading it today, nice texture. Will be back for more. Thank you Apsley.

  7. Pauline Turner (verified owner)

    Yes I agree with all the reviews. It is good stuff! I debated getting it last year but ended up getting bark chippings – which don’t do much for the garden…So glad I got it this year. It’s a massive amount though! I think when I’ve done I’ll invite the neighbours to help themselves as I’m sure I’ll have plenty left over! ?

  8. Richard Spain (verified owner)

    Agree with all the comments above. Excellent product, price and delivery. And nice team of people to deal with.

  9. Kim Stone (verified owner)

    Had our first delivery after buying an alternative product that was awful. Superb product, looks good too. Delivery very quick and efficient. Am about to order some more and it certainly won’t be the last.

  10. Acker (verified owner)

    I agree with all the above. Good product,prompt delivery, Martin & his team are pleasant to deal with nothing to much trouble delivered to my door even offered to take round the back for me.
    I’m also using Apsley Liquid Digestate Fertilizer absolutely brilliant product.

  11. John Howat (verified owner)

    Easy on-line ordering, with map to show exactly where to leave the bag. Delivered efficiently (phone call the day before to confirm) and precisely where I wanted it. Bag filled to the top, Mulch is perfect, good texture (I can’t comment on any odour as Covid has killed my sense of smell but no-one has complained.) Spreads beautifully. Website has advice on its use. I will be back for more.

  12. glenys wood (verified owner)

    Just finished my 3rd bag ! Will order one more for this year as our heavy soil already shows signs of improvement. Plan to top up each year. Brilliant, efficient service.

  13. Glen Jewell (verified owner)

    3 bags last year and 4 bags just ordered to put the garden to bed this year. Great stuff, clean and easy to handle , really helps the plants and during the dormant season the rich dark mulch helps show off autumn and winter plants

  14. Mike Smith (verified owner)

    Great customer service. Delivery made to exactly the location I ask for. They go the extra mile to make sure the customer is happy. Excellent product for mulching flower borders or for use on the allotment.

  15. Imogen (verified owner)

    Steve arrived early and very carefully put the bags down where I decided I wanted them rather than my original instructions. The bags are full to the brim and the mulch looks grand. All I need to do now is borrow a wheelbarrow !

  16. John Howat (verified owner)

    I bought a bag last October, it went a long way. A fair bit went onto my blackcurrant bed. This year I’ve picked 12lbs – 50% up on my previous best year. Everything else where it was applied has done very well. And the weeds are down. I’ll be back for another bag in a couple of months.

  17. Alan McPherson (verified owner)

    The delivery of 18 bags of mulch to our allotment went like clockwork. John arrived promptly at 8:00 am with a lorry and trailer and offloaded 16 bags closely followed by Martin with another truck and the other bags. Martin then distributed the bags around the allotment to individual plots. All finished in a couple of hours. John and Martin were polite, efficient, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Allotment holders have been very pleased with the deliveries. The mulch looks so much better than the cattle manure we were using previously. Would definitely use Apsley again.

  18. Gillian Gilbert (verified owner)

    Just place my second order. Having lost my ‘mulch provider’ (an aged pony kept on deep litter system hemp bedding) a few years ago, hadn’t found anything that was doing the job the same. Came across this ‘by accident’. Bag arrived up to us in East Anglia with minimum of fuss and having been put in place and found to ‘look similar’ (high praise indeed) – we are getting more AND taking advantage of the Plant food/Mulch offer. Win Win!!!

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