Garden mulch is one of our favourite products to protect your garden beds and plants from harsh, Spring time wind.
Wild wind can quickly and easily undo all of your hard work in the garden. It blows the fruit off the trees and lays your vegetable plants flat, often breaking them off completely.
While August and September always seem to be the gustiest months, we are certainly copping a bit of a belting with drying, gusty winds right now.
It is essential to prepare your gardens for damaging wind if you want to see lots of healthy new growth.
High winds don’t just affect plants – they also dry out the soil. you can protect your soil by making sure it’s always covered with garden mulch or ground covers. Healthy soils are those that retain their moisture well, so be sure to build up your soil by adding compost, worm castings, animal manures or other organic fertilisers.
By planting proactively and ensuring your soil is healthy and fertile, and your garden beds are well covered with garden mulch, damaging winds should blow right by.
These are a few additional tips and tricks that you can use to protect your precious plants from damaging gusts, and to make sure your yard is ready for the onset of our Summer bush fire season.
Give your trees a very good prune, particularly those that are a bit long and thin, or very top heavy. Getting rid of dead limbs and wood is also a smart way to remove potential fire fuel from your yard.
Plant wind-hardy trees and bamboos to act as living wind breaks against the gusts.
Tether climbers to wooden stakes to stop them from bowing and breaking off under high winds.
Plant with the wind in mind. Position wind-hardy fruit trees such as citruses, olives, macadamias and jaboticabas, on the front-line of your property where the wind is at its worst. Put your more wind-sensitive plants in protected areas, such as pawpaws up against the most protected side of your house where they can enjoy some shelter.
If you are unsure how much garden mulch you need for your project, you can use our online calculator to work it out. It is really important that you lay enough garden mulch to properly cover the ground, otherwise it will not work as efficiently as it needs to to protect the soil, lock in moisture and prevent evaporation.
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