MULCHING YOUR GARDEN …
It is said that mulching is the first essential for any Australian garden. Mulch provides food for worms (who will start breeding soon) and also provides organic matter for a well-balanced and vital soil.
Mulch prevents run-off of top soil thus reducing erosion. We use all types of mulch on our gardens –
LUCERNE – acts as food for worms, provides green manure and encourages soil microbes to proliferate as it leaches nutrients into the soil;
PEA STRAW – good open mulch to allow moisture penetration and natural nitrogen for plant leaf growth;
WHEAT/OAT STRAW – supplies silica nutrient for stem growth and is very easy to apply. (Editor – Diana: this straw also grows the most amazing weeds you ever did see which Gra calls GREEN MANURE and which I call A MESS.)
EUCY MULCH – we use thick layers of this product on garden borders and paths rather than around our roses.
To retain warmth and moisture in your soil right up until winter, it is important to top-up the mulch NOW to provide ideal conditions for worms to breed – remember, they’re the army of workers you want in your garden as they aerate and fertilize the soil naturally!