Living mulch offers an alternative to wood bark or chips in the lawn
Looking for a way to deter weeds, repel harmful insects, attract beneficial ones, improve soil, retain water and make your gardens look beautiful? Check out living mulch.
Rather than settle for typical garden mulches like bark or gravel, living mulch (often called cover crops) offfers a brilliant carpet of fast-growing flowers. Most experienced gardeners are familiar with the effort typically involved in planting cover crop seeds which are small and tend to clump together making it difficult to get an even spread which results in raggedy patches.
A new product has called Live Mulch© (“Groovy Groundcovers by Seed”) makes the planting process fast, easy and evenly-distributed by cleverly combining seeds with prepared mulch medium.
Live Mulch (http://www.livemulch.com) is an affordable groundcover, with a 2-pound bag - enough to cover 200 square feet - priced at only $14.99.
One of the typical complaints of commonly-used bark mulch is how dingy, gray and moldy it can become in time, not to mention the back-breaking task of hauling and spreading it. And the other downsides are that it can stain buildings and it needs to be replaced yearly, making it an ongoing task and annual expense.
Live Mulch solves all these problems by instead growing a low-cost, beautiful, living mulch that in addition to looking great and improving the soil also attracts beneficial insects like pollinators (bees, butterflies) and predator insects (pirate bugs, green lacewings) that help control destructive pests such as aphids naturally, allowing the gardener to eliminate the use of toxic pesticides around their home.
“There’s never been an easier or cooler way to mulch,” said Frank Catalano, inventor of Live Mulch. “When we displayed Live Mulch for the first time at a trade show this winter I knew we had something. People were scooping up bags and bags of Live Mulch, we sold out of product every day. The project has been a blast so far and I can’t wait for home gardeners to discover how easy it is to create some beautiful, almost psychedelic waves of beneficial flowers.”
Live Mulch is available in a full palette of colors. Seven different varieties of low-maintenance flowers are available for gardeners to choose, letting them “paint” the entire yard with living art:
- “Itsy Bitsy Wicked White” – White Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritime)
- “Peaceout Purple” – Purple Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritime)
- “Boogie Oogie Outa Site Orange” – California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)
- “Carpet Ride” – Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)
- “Jivin’ Jump Ups” – Horned Violet (Viola Cornuta)
- “Lucky Charms” – White Clover (Trifolium Repens)
- “Sweet and Low” – Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum)
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