There’s a new mulch on the block! Well in your local garden centre and DIY outlets to be precise. Gardening giant Westland have formulated Gro-Sure Smart Cover a smart new mulch and having used it for the fist time at the weekend, I’m impressed.
So what makes it different, and indeed better than a standard mulch? Smart Cover mulch has a clever and unique composition, it’s is made from natural wood fibres that lock together to stay in place preventing weeds (up to75% more than bark) and covers larger areas (covers 50% more area than bark). Not only that but its ability to mesh together means it stays in place even on slopes. Great news when you live on a steep hillside as we do.
As regular readers will know, our back garden is effectively a garden of two halves, we have terracing just behind the house, with steps up the middle. I planted this area with evergreens when we move in a couple of years ago. As you can see, it looks lush now and provides colour year round.
Frustratingly as all gardeners will attest, where plants grow well, so do weeds, and it’s a constant battle to keep these two terraced areas weed free.
Mulching The Terraces
I’d actually only weeded this area a couple of weeks ago, but as you can see, new weeds were already coming through. Time then for another weeding session followed by my new mulch.
Below is the newly mulched area, and what a difference. The Smart Cover mulch is so easy to handle and put in position, then once in place it provides really attractive coverage and looks like freshly dug soil. It’s made the whole area so much neater.
As you an see in this area next to the steps, the new mulch works really well, and as an added bonus, it didn’t instantly fall to the bottom of the bed as loose wood chippings have done in the past. Result!
Applying Smart Cover Mulch To The Raised Beds in the Courtyard Garden
So far, so good, now for the top courtyard section of the garden which although, north facing, as it’s raised, it benefits from almost day long sunshine. This is fabulous for us as it’s a real suntrap up here.
It’s a great place to relax and unwind and the evergreens that I planted in the raised beds are thriving. But you guessed it, so do the weeds, if I don’t regularly keep them in check.
Another ideal spot to test the weed suppressing qualities o the mulch, as the middle section here is quite high & I have to stand on a step to weed. Anything to reduce my time spent weeding here would be a real joy.
Just look how happy this latest contingent of weeds look, hmm, not for long though.
Weeding accomplished, Smart Cover in position and wow, what a difference, such a neat natural appearance. I after having carried several bags of my new much up 13 steps to this top level of the garden, I can certainly vouch for the fact that it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. A real bonus.
With the weeds banished, it was time to get some spring colour going.
And at the highest point of the raised beds that I mentioned earlier, another great result. The cordyline that was beginning to be smothered by weeds now has room to breath again. The combination of my mighty mulch, some pretty pink dianthus and spring sunshine has worked wonders.
Am I impressed with the Westland’s Smart Cover mulch? I sure am so far, it’s easy to handle, looks attractive, it hasn’t collected in a heap at the bottom of our steeply sloping flower beds and fingers crossed, it will keep those pesky weeds at bay. You’ll have to leave it with me for few weeks now & I’ll report back on this last point next month.
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