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Help your garden to flourish with our budding range of affordable garden bark, soil and composts. From Gro-Sure All Purpose to Westland's Bed & Border Chipped Bark, you’ll find the right compost for a nutrient-rich garden.
*Above products are only available at Garden Centre stores
Conifer bark chips are great for landscaping, particularly when used in beds and borders as well as play areas. This garden bark retains moisture well, keeping plant roots well-watered.
Bark products also suppress weed growth and serve as an attractive top dressing, adding a nice touch to your landscaping. They also provide a nice soft landing under climbing frames and swings.
If you wish to use bark or wood chips on your beds or borders, you can simply spread them about 5cm deep on top of the soil.
However, if you wish to create a wood-chipped path or seating or play area, you’ll need to dig out around 10cm of soil first and compact the ground beneath, making sure it’s level. Lay weed suppressant membrane or fabric down and make some drainage holes in it every 30cm or so.
Finally, spread your chippings evenly, ensuring that you lay them around 10cm deep.
100L bulk bags of bark will cover approximately 2m2 each. To work out how much you need for your garden, measure the length and width of the area you want to cover, then multiply those measurements together. This will reveal how many bags you’ll need to complete the job.
You may find that the area cannot be covered using a round number of bags. If this is the case, it’s worth acquiring more bark than you need, as it’s a good idea to have a little to spare.
Absolutely - bark is great when you want to suppress weed growth, but your own plants should grow through with ease.
In fact, the moisture retention and composting capabilities of bark may mean that your plants grow stronger than ever when you use it to cover your beds and borders, as they’ll be kept well nourished.
You can make your own compost using a compost bin or compost pile, adding small amounts of food or garden waste and allowing it to break down naturally.
Try to add your finished compost to areas where nutrients are sparse. It’s great for aiding in the growth of potted plants, for example, or to fertilize soil in which vegetation struggles to take root.
While compost is generally man-made from organic waste, topsoil often occurs naturally. It also contains organic matter, but because it doesn’t usually contain the food waste and other little extras that are added to a compost heap, it isn’t always as nutrient-rich.
However, a layer of topsoil has just as many benefits as a layer of compost. Topsoil has a greater water holding capacity. Furthermore, it retains its structure much more easily.
For best results, you can combine equal parts compost and topsoil!