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We appreciate that gardening can be confusing; knowing the differences between composts and soils or mulches and bark isn’t straightforward! Please see below for a few questions that we’re frequently asked.

Can’t see your query answered below? Please feel free to give our expert team a call to discuss your needs.

Q. What is the best product to use for hanging baskets & planters?

A. Use our Eco MultiPurpose. Apply weekly liquid feed once established or add controlled release fertiliser granules at potting to last the whole growing season.

Q. What is the best product to use for growing potatoes in large containers?

A. Use our Eco MultiPurpose. Apply weekly liquid feed after 4-6 weeks.

Q. What is the best product to use for growing tomatoes or strawberries in pots?

A. Use our Eco MultiPurpose. Apply weekly liquid feed after 4-6 weeks.

Q. What is the best way to plant trees and shrubs?

A. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the root ball, loosen the soil at the bottom. Mix the excavated soil 50/50 with Eco Tree and Shrub and firm in around the tree. Keep well-watered for the first year.

Q. I have poor lawn vigour, what can I do to encourage growth?

A. Rejuvenate lawns with 1cm of Eco Mix Pro and brush in to add organic matter and feed the grass roots. For seeding new areas of lawn, mix the grass seed with Eco Mix and apply to the prepared soil. For new turf, apply 2-3cm of Eco Mix before laying the turf to help establishment.

Q. Our pathways get really muddy, how can we fix this?

A. Start by levelling the area that's causing the issue and lay down Eco Type 1 or hardcore to encourage drainage. Top the area with at least 5-6cm of Eco Bark Nuggets or aggregate depending on the look required.

Q. How can I prevent weeds, slugs & other pests?

A. To prevent weed growth, deter slugs and encourage natural predators, apply 6-7cm of Eco Amenity Bark or Eco Woodland Mulch to your beds and problem areas.

Q. How can I improve my vegetable plot?

A. For allotments & vegetable plots, apply 6-7 cm of Eco Mix and mix into the top 15cm of soil. For ‘no-dig’ systems use Eco Amenity Bark Mulch or Eco Mix Coarse to conserve moisture and prevent weed growth.

Q. What products work best for a new bed/raised bed?

A. If the new beds have no soil, you can fill them with our Eco SuperSoil to provide a nutrient rich topsoil for healthy plant growth.

Q. My garden has a lack of earthworms, how can I encourage them?

A. Mix 5-6cm of Eco Mix into the top 15cm of soil. Organic matter is food for earthworms! Apply lime if the soil is acid.

Q. I have light and sandy soil that is prone to drought, what can I do to improve it?

A. Apply 5-6cm of Eco Mix and dig/fork into the top 15cm of soil. Cover bare soil areas with 6-7cm of Mulch in the autumn & winter to  help conserve soil moisture.

Q. I have heavy clay soil with poor drainage and its difficult to cultivate, what can I use to help?

A. Apply 5-6cm of Eco Mix Coarse when the soil is dry enough to dig over and mix into the top 15cm. For very heavy soils add some gravel to planting holes too.

Q. Is mulch & bark the same thing?

A. So, mulch is a term used for any organic material that is used as a top dressing on your garden beds or borders. The dressing could be anything from a coarse compost, bark mulch, wood chippings, pine needles, grass clippings etc. Bark is a fantastic material to use as a mulch. It is made out of tree bark shredded into different chosen grades from more fine pieces to larger bark nuggets to top dress your beds. We'd recommend to use 2 to 3 inches around trees and shrubs, however be sure to keep bark a few inches away from the base of a tree trunk in order to prevent any rot or rodent damage. Also, bark decomposes slowly providing nutrients to your bed, but can attract carpenter ants.

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