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A compressed peat moss bale which works as a natural, organic soil conditioner & mulch. It breaks up heavy clay soils, improving drainage. It also adds body to light soils, retaining extra moisture and nutrients. Peat is a key ingredient when mixing your own specialty potting mixes.
• Ideal for preparing soil in flower and vegetable gardens, planting trees & shrubs, and enriching rose and ornamental beds
• Very high capacity to retain water
• A natural mulch, suppressing weeds and conserving water during dry spells
• Adding peat is an easy way to increase the acidity (reduce the pH) of soil for acid-loving plants, like Camellias, Gardenias and Blueberries
• Free of toxic substances, pests, diseases & weed seeds
• Compressed – expands to twice the packed volume
To improve soil, spread peat 1-3cm deep over the surface and work well into the top 15cm of soil.
To conserve moisture, spread peat around the whole root area of trees, shrubs, roses, fruit trees, etc, out to 30cm beyond the outer drip line of the leaves onto the moist soil. Usual depth is 3-10cm reducing to 1-3cm for herbaceous annual plants. Do not allow mulch to directly contact plant stems or trunks.
Mix equal parts of peat and garden soil, work in well around roots to help establish roses, trees, shrubs and other plants. Helps retain moisture in the soil, which is especially important when the root system is recovering from disturbance.
Strike cuttings in 1 part sand and two parts peat, with gravel at bottom. Bury seedling pots in bed of moist peat to maintain constant temperature level.
Peat makes an ideal base for making potting mixes when mixed with good sand or fine gravel. Per bale, add 16 handfuls of Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime and 10 handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
To prepare the seed bed, spread peat 1-2cm deep over the area and mix thoroughly with top 10-20cm of soil. After seeding, cover with a light dressing - about 1cm of fine peat - and water thoroughly to protect the seed from direct sun and create a warm, moist blanket that improves seed germination.
To keep lawns healthy, top-dress lightly in Spring and again in mid-Summer with peat, which helps prevent surface soil from baking. This reduces need for watering during hot weather and replaces organic matter removed by mowing. In Autumn, rake lawn thoroughly, spike to aerate and apply a light dressing of peat.
To improve garden soil when constructing new beds, work a generous amount of peat into the top 10-20cm of soil. In Autumn, mulch existing beds with an 8cm layer of peat. This will protect roots against frost through Winter. In Spring, the old mulch can be cultivated into the soil around the plants. A light covering of peat as a mulch prevents loss of surface moisture and discourages weed growth.
Roses love organic soils. Each spring, spread a 10cm layer of peat mixed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. around base of rose bush, then cultivate into soil, followed by a mulch around base to hold moisture.
Because peat moss is acid by nature, it makes an ideal soil conditioner for rhododendrons, azaleas, ericas, camellias, daphnes, boronias, etc.
NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OR IN ANY MANNER CONTRARY TO THIS LABEL UNLESS AUTHORISED
This product contains micro-organisms that may be harmful to your health. Avoid breathing dust or mists. Wear a particulate mask if dusty. Wear gloves and keep product moist when handling. Wash hands immediately after use.
Peat and other types of growing media are made from organic materials and contain micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. In some instances, these can be harmful to your health so it is important when you are handling any type of organic growing media that you follow the safety directions on the packaging. Some general rules are to avoid breathing in any dust or mist – wear a mask. Always wear gloves and wash your hands after use. Keep the peat moist whilst you are handling it.
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