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    Trac is offline Germinator
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    My allotment shop has bags of strulch.
    Has anyone used this as a general mulch?
    I'm thinking of using it for raspberries and strawberries but not sure whether straw would be best.
    Any ideas?
    Many thanks,

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    We use it in our garden. It was recommended to us by our garden designer (after our landscaping was done, she did all the planting schemes and actual planting for us and she recommended it).

    We have it on all of our borders and as I had three bags leftover, I've since used it to mulch my raised vegetable beds to protect them over winter - I've removed most of it now but still got it under the broad beans, onions and garlic. I've also got it under my strawberries but I'm going to remove it today actually (I'm sure I read somewhere that strawberries are better off unmatched until they start forming fruits). I'll probably use it in place of straw under the strawberries again when they are fruiting.

    I've also used it as a mulch layer around my soft fruits (raspberries, tayberry and blackberry) and bamboo. What I did with my these was weed the bed, apply some BF&B, then some rotted manure around the plants (but not touching them), gave them a good drink and then topped with strulch.

    The strulch itself has no nutritional value (which is why I used rotted manure as a first layer of mulch) but it looks good (I like the smell too) and it does seem to do a good job of keeping down weeds. It doesn't eliminate them - some perennial weeds will grow through it - but if any annual weeds germinate its normally just underneath the strulch layer and you can just pick them out easily.

    You just apply it reasonably thick, then water it down to make it knit together.
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    A few photos in my Garden album:
    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0o5nhQSTeFp4q
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    Many thanks, this is really helpful and insightful.
    It sounds like its main and best purpose is as a mulch as as you mentioned it offers little nutritional benefit – as a mulch I think it may be very good and effective in keeping weeds down.
    Ref mulching garlic – I just mulched with more compost over winter and the garlic that I am growing looks amazing – 3 varieties germidour, casablanca and cristo. They all look good.
    I did garlic last year and didn’t bother to mulch it but had to work at keeping the weeds down from spring onwards and the garlic was quite good.
    I have just panted brand new strawberry plants and will mulch them but only once they flower – I normally use straw and then afterwards put in compost bin but I may try strulch this year.
    It sounds like strulch would be good for vegetable mulch so will use it for this too.
    I shall also try it around my berry bushes – your method sounds good and effective, weed, apply BF&B then rotted manure around plants, water and then mulch with strulch – will certainly try this too
    Many thanks for your ideas – I am going to try them.
    Much thanks!

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    No problem. It also supposedly keeps slugs and snails at bay but something is still munching on my lupins and salvias!

    It also has a high iron content. If you’ve got any made of red cedar in your garden try and keep it clear as the iron can stain the cedar.

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    A little update on the Strulch/slug situation.

    Strulch do recommend nematode treatment for molluscs and it seems the main thing Strulch does is keep adult slugs and snails away from the treated area and reduce the chances of them laying eggs in the soil.

    I went out for a slug hunt tonight. I found a couple of snails on the path and a caterpillar but plenty of baby slugs. No adult slugs at all. So it seems our nematode treatment in Autumn, before the beds were planted and mulched, did their job. What we are left with are the baby slugs that must have hatched from eggs already in the ground. It seems their favourite plants by far are achilliea (the white/beige slugs), saliva and agastache.

    I’ve ordered some more nematodes and I’m hoping that will wipe out the remaining population. Only question now is whether I need to remove 25sqm of Strulch first or if I can wash the nematodes through.
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