How to mulch a perennial bed?

Hi there, how can I go about mulching a perennial bed? What is needed to do this, in terms of equipment and material?

Asked by carole on 23rd Nov 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"Use either well-rotted farmyard manure preferably cows manure as opposed to horse, or well-composted garden waste (compost)
Just use a fork and spread around the main plant to a depth of about 3inches, do not cover the main plant or leaves"
Answered on 5th Jan 2022 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
"It will be best to apply a mulch to clean ground. That will be ground where perennials have been cut back to just above soil level and has been cleared of leaves and weeds. Be sure to plant any new spring bulbs before applying a mulch and mulch on moist ground. Apply to a depth that will not cover your perennial plants and prevent them from shooting in spring. Up to 50mm should be sufficient to suppress weeds and allow perennials to regrow in spring. I always suggest using a mulch that has been heated to kill or sterilise weed seed and harmful pathogens. Spent mushroom compost is ideal, as is well rotted garden compost or green waste from your local authority."
Answered on 30th Dec 2021 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
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