Tips For Maintaining Mature Gardens

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Tips For Maintaining Mature Gardens

Mature gardens typically have a variety of perennial plants, deep-rooted bushes and large trees that require care and attention over the course of the year. While they are often beautiful to look at, mature gardens often require a significant investment of time to maintain them in such a way that will ensure plants and trees remain healthy and looking their best. We started this blog to share what we feel are the best tips for maintaining a mature garden without giving up all your free time or spending a lot of money on gardening equipment. Our posts cover a variety of topics, such as how and when to prune fruit trees and why mulching flower beds can save you time and work during the summer months. We hope you enjoy our blog.



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3 Things Your Growth Medium Must Do For You

Some pieces of land you'd consider for your project might not be in a desirable state. They need little fine-tuning to deliver the functional and aesthetic appeal that you desire. Thankfully, landscaping experts are always on call to help you deal with the challenges at hand. One of the common challenges they deal with is erosion. Erosion makes it hard to carry out any landscaping because it washes away the primary material you need for the project's success. You must combat erosion from the start of the project using methods that will keep it from occurring for several years to come. In this case, your best bet is to use a growth medium designed for the long-term management of erosion in landscaping projects. Here is what a suitable growth medium should do for you: 

Require Less Preparation 

The first thing your growth medium should do for you is to require less soil preparation. You are already doing enough by taking on the landscaping, so your growth medium shouldn't require more preparational processes. Instead, it should allow fast laydowns to reduce installation costs compared to other erosion-control methods. An example of such methods is installing rolled blankets. Your best bet is a growth medium you can spray into the soil with pressurised pumps. 

Get to Work Immediately 

It is imperative to move fast when you are dealing with soil erosion. A wave of strong winds or fast-flowing run-off is all it takes to change the soil's conditions from fair to catastrophic. Therefore, it helps to have a medium that gets to work immediately by binding directly to the soil particles. You shouldn't wait for specific weather conditions or additives for the growth medium to start working. 

Deliver Multi-layered Protection

Your soil naturally comes in multiple layers. The fine particles precede the larger and coarser particles that get bigger as you dig deeper. Therefore, the best growth medium should mimic the natural soil structure by offering protection through multiple layers. When the growth medium is laid, you can get a base mulch acting as the medium's foundation. A stabilised mulch and bonded fibre matrix follow suit for further protection. The final or top layer is a flexible medium that provides suitable conditions for your landscaping plants.

Essentially, the objective is to ensure that the agents of erosion do not reach the underlying soil substrate. They shouldn't penetrate the growth medium until the landscaping plants have enough roots.

Contact a Flexterra growth medium distributor to learn more.