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Bark Chipping as ground cover.

Berkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi All, after 2 years I have finally finished planting up my new garden. Plants put in last year are maturing nicely and I now have some clue about what I like and what I am not so keen on so might move/replace some plants. However my soil is rather stoney, I try to remove them while I am weeding but it is never ending and the beds still look scruffy, if you know what I mean ?.
Would it be OK to cover the soil with bark chipping to make it look cleaner ? If so how would I maintain this ? Would it prevent the perrenials from coming back next year ?
Any advice would be appreciated.




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Yes you can use decorative bark to cover your flower beds and it will not stop the perennials from growing though next year.

20 May, 2012

 

You have not told us what sort of soil you have???...I would think you may have Clay soil, as it tends to be very stoney..
I compost my own soil, & mix it with bought Compost
John Innes No. 2, then mix it with Lots of bark...Putting
it on to the bed 2inches high....
You will not see the stones, much at all by doing this...
I do this on all my beds....The difference is amazing!!
This is done once a year...Bark, will not stop your perrenials coming through each year, as a matter of fact, they will thrive on this soil...

20 May, 2012

 

Thanks Moon_growe, I have some Pachysandra Terminalis in a very shady corner which is spreading nicely, will is prevent this from sprouting up. I am used to hearing about bark being a weed suppressant so thought it might do the same for plants ?

20 May, 2012

 

Thanks Freesiaperso, thats a good tip.
Not quite sure what soil I have sorry, everything seems to be doing so well though. My house is a new build and the land was previously used for agricultural research at the local university but was just overgrown waste land for about 20 years prior. It can be quite claggy when wet though.

20 May, 2012

 

A top dressing of bark wont suppress you plants or the weeds. unless it is several inches thick.

21 May, 2012

 

Thanks Moon_growe, that has convinced me. It definately won't be an couple of inches thick and I don't mind weeding.

21 May, 2012

 

Great!

21 May, 2012

 

If you have a lot of stones in your garden, then no matter what you try to cover them up with, they will still come to the surface, they,re thrown up by movement of the earth maybe miles underground, and there,s nothing you can do about it. Derek.

21 May, 2012

 

Very true Derek however, bark and other soil covers will disguise them.

21 May, 2012

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