We spent all day Friday wheelbarrowing bark chippings and shovelling them on the ground where we have planted our hedges. This has two functions. 1. It slows down the growth of weeds which could otherwise smother our newly planted tree whips and 2. it will act as a 'corridor' for wildlife such as amphibians like newts, and invertebrates. This is beacuse it retains moisture thereby creating a cool damp microclimate. As the chippings in time break down they will enrich the soil with organic matter creating a nice soil for our hedgerows.
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