Mulch is an essential part of any gardening effort. The stuff is great and can bring many benefits, but only if you know how to use it. Used correctly – and if you use the right mulch Perth – you can make your tulips grow faster, stronger, better.
Okay, you won’t be growing the “Six-Billion Dollar Tulip” no matter what kind of mulch you use. However, if you still want to grow the best flowers you can, you find the right kinds of mulch.
Today, Tulip Academy is happy to present the right kinds of mulch. These types are the ones you should consider using in your garden, depending on the purpose.
Bark mulch is loose and doesn’t bind, with a beautiful dark colour. These are great as background to a plant and blends in nicely with the soil. It also improves drainage.
If you need to top-dress a soil bed, use soil conditioner.
Straw mulch and cocoa bark both do wonders for improving soil quality without standing out too much. Straw is lightweight and has a beautiful, natural rustic colour. In contrast, cocoa is more likely to be prized because of its rich scent.
Leaves and other organic stuff are also useful as plant beds and fertiliser. Usually, you’ll want the leaves to be from the plant itself – they shed enough of them that you likely don’t need to do much more.
Resist the temptation to remove all the leaves! It’s one thing to keep the place neat, and another to make it as sterile as a hospital.
I’m personally a fan of using peat moss in my home garden. I like to mix it with the soil and keep the ground moist. It looks great, but it’s not for the lazy. You’ll want to keep an eye on your PH balance if you use this mulch.
Living mulch is made of ground cover plants. They can be a bit expensive, but you don’t need to replace them every season.
On the other hand, some gardeners I know swear by stone mulch. Tough and meant to last, this is the stuff you want to use if your garden’s in a place that sees a lot of rain. If you are working on things like parking lot islands, the stone is the way to go.
For best tulip care, remember that you only need about an inch or two of mulch. Any more than that and you make it hard for the plants to burst through.