It was Grandma Wilson who first made us aware of the black treasure lying in the woods. She was a slight wisp of a lady with twinkling eyes and an infectious smile. It was her custom to select one child at a time and invite them to a breakfast of poached eggs floating in butter and soda bread. It was one spring day, in this foregone era, that Grandma Wilson summoned us. She dispatched us to the woods with specific instructions to harvest her treasure. We were to remove the top 4 inches of naturally accumulated, decomposing leaves, twigs, bird droppings and any other organic debris and reveal the forest floor for her black treasure to be uncovered.
We once walked in similar woods with an archeologist, showing him colonial root cellars. He told us that under the conditions of the forest floor we were walking on, it would take 100 years to accumulate 1 inch of topsoil. So precious is this topsoil that land developers pile it up with bull dozers then cut it with inexpensive sub-soil. So precious that conservationists all over the globe are trying to protect it. So precious that I bet there are even grandmothers today that cherish it, harvest it and use it as a prized potting soil.
We still eat poached eggs swimming in butter and always, always think of Grandma Wilson when we do, and smile at what she inspired.
-Brent and Shawn
Spread Sweet Peet® as a mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to a thickness of 3 to 4 inches. Coverage should include all areas within the drip line of overhanging branches. Mulch should taper off near tree trunks so as not to come in contact with bark. Repeat application once a year. When Sweet Peet® is used in this way it forms a protective barrier to absorb acid rain and gently buffers it before it enters the root zone. The same is true of its ability to buffer alkaline road salts which may infiltrate your soil in winter.
Enriches Soil, Restores Gardens To Healthy, Vibrant Plants
Organic gardening is the only method with which we can assure that our plants are healthy while knowing that no pesticides are used during its growth. It may not be easy to look after as it is in case of regular gardening. But once we start to see the difference and feel the hygienic and healthy benefit, it is for sure that we will not go back to regular gardening method.
Another way that organic matter is used in the garden is to cover the soil. Mulches can be applied in winter or summer. Winter mulches protect the roots of young perennials and bulbs, while summer mulches retain soil moisture and limit weed seed germination.
Organic mulch is preferable to those who enjoy getting their hands into the earth. This type of mulch consists of natural, organic ingredients that eventually decomposes into the soil making it better and easier to work with. Organic mulch, such as Sweet Peet® allows water to absorb easily into the ground, encourages beneficial earthworms. Its near neutral pH value helps in both acid and alkaline soils in maintaining the ph sweet spot to release locked up nutrients to the feeder roots of garden plants.
Sweet Peet® Organic Mulch Eliminates Weeds
Weed Mats Beneath Mulch Defeat Benefits of Organic Mulch
We DO NOT RECOMMEND using a weed mat or other fabric beneath mulch. Using a weed mat or other fabric beneath organic mulch defeats many of the benefits of organic mulch by placing a barrier between the soil and the mulch. You want the organic matter to break down and enrich the soil with nutrients and organic matter.
A fabric prevents this enrichment and prevents beneficial organisms such as earthworms from proliferating in the fabric-covered soil. Fabric-covered soil depletes the soil of organic matter because it acts as a barrier to organic mulch and leaf litter that adds to soil organic matter.
Soil organic matter enhances the soil biota, the microorganisms, that are so important to plant health but also Sweet Peet not only prevents weeds by smothering but its unique cat-ion exchange is inhospitable to surface weeds.
Garden and Landscaping Tip
Never, ever put polyethylene plastic over the soil above roots. Plastic will block both air and water and can cause serious problems for a tree if enough of the root zone is covered.
Keep those colorful perennials looking beautiful all season long. Sweet Peet® mulch helps nourish plants and flowers keeping them healthy and beautiful all season.
Using Sweet Peet® provides a highly desirable growing medium known as compost, but unlike other compost, Sweet Peet® does not need to be stored or cured for 6-12 months before being used. This is a real benefit for maximizing land use.
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Trees and shrubs are very important to maintaining your home’s value by beautifying your landscape. They provide a habitat for birds and wildlife and shade from the summer heat.
Sweet Peet® helps retain moisture, suppresses weeds and looks great around plantings.
Sweet Peet® Tip: Trees and Shrubs
Prepare a hole twice the size of the root ball being planted. Make a mix of 20% Sweet Peet® and 80% soil from the dug hole. After planting is placed in hole, use prepared mixture to back-fill around the root ball. Water and tamp in firmly to avoid air pockets. In areas of poor drainage the addition of coarse sand to the planting mix will improve drainage and aid in new root growth
Keep those colorful flowerbeds looking beautiful all season long. A little loving care, lots of sun, water, and Sweet Peet® mulch to help release the nourishment they need to get your grounds looking spectacular.
All Natural, Organic Sweet Peet® Is Safe For Use In Fruit and Vegetable Gardens.
It’s dinner time…
Sweet Peet® is the mulch of choice for producing rich, juicy, beautiful fruits and vegetables. Let Sweet Peet® help you prepare your next meal, by creating nutrient-rich soil for your vegetable garden.
Because Sweet Peet® contains only all-natural, organic ingredients it is entirely safe to use in fruit and vegetable gardens and in orchards. Its near neutral pH value helps in both acid and alkaline soils in maintaining the ph sweet spot to release locked up nutrients to the feeder roots of garden plants.
Use Sweet Peet® To Help Build Strong Luscious Fruit Trees.
Sweet Peet® is a tremendous asset for building strong root systems for fruit trees. Whether you are a home owner who likes large majestic fruit trees or a the owner of a small fruit tree nursery, Sweet Peet® mulch provides just what you need to maintain strong, healthy fruit trees.
Just 3″ to 4″ inches of Sweet Peet® around fruit or hard/soft wood trees is an ideal method to smother weeds in a plant free circle around the tree roots. Unlike most other mulches, Sweet Peet® doesn’t rob nutrients from the soil, but is more of a nurturer for the trees.