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The Original Blended Straw & Hay
Now Available At
The Plant Factory Garden Center
is a proprietary engineered blend of pre-chopped, very special,
forage grade hay and straw stubble that contains virtually no
noxious weed or crop seed. Though not 100% sterile, Mainely MulchTM
is as clean a product as we can make without resorting to the use of
chemical herbicides that would render it unsuitable for organic
gardening. We produce a “virtually weed free” mulch that
reduces the likelihood of contributing foreign plant species to
gardens, perennial beds, or newly seeded lawn areas. Should a few
residual crop seeds germinate, an early pick or pull will easily
“nip them in the bud” permanently.
Mainely MulchTM is
superior to pelletized paper pulp and compost products. Pelletized
mulch products require special spreaders to apply them correctly.
When they are under applied they fail to function properly due to
potential gaps between them. If they’re over applied, they may
disrupt healthy grass emergence by impeding germination and
suffocating young grass seedlings.
well when applied by hand over newly sown grass seed. It doesn’t require any
special equipment, spreading by hand works great, it’s very forgiving!!
may be used as a protective mulch cover around roses, annuals, herbs,
vegetables, perennials, shrubs, trees, bulbs, and virtually any other
horticultural application you can think of. Other mulches cannot match our
products versatility or cost effectiveness.
“Salt Hay SubstituteTM” is far more environmentally
responsible than conventional salt marsh hay because it is never harvested
from ecologically sensitive coastal estuaries and flood plain areas. The
continued seasonal harvesting of salt hay disrupts and damages these areas
and may eventually destroy vital ecosystems! Our product’s components are
derived from wheat, oat, or barley straw blended with forage grade hays.
unique and attractive packaging is superior to others cheaper packaging.
Our packaging is extra thick,
super strong, and keeps our product clean and dry. Our bale has a natural “low
key” appearance reflecting the quality of the product contained within. Our
bales may be stored outdoors. The extra strong, recyclable plastic contains an
ultraviolet inhibitor and anti-skid agent to assure long-term package integrity
and ease of stacking. The unique built-in gusset handles makes the bales easy to
lift, move, and carry. When correctly opened from the bottom, the plastic
wrapped bales may be re-closed with a twist tie for later use. They also make a
terrific yard cleanup bag when emptied.
has an attractive natural oat straw color and unique texture. The precision
cut, smaller size lightweight particles makes it very easy to spread by hand. No
special equipment or machinery is required. Customers say that it is “truly a
joy to work with!”
is an excellent weed barrier. Its smaller size pieces provide better “soil
shading” than do conventional hay or straw products. Therefore much thinner
applications may be made!
MulchTM is an
excellent insulator, better than conventional mulches, because it traps
more air between its pieces. This helps to keep soil temperatures cooler
in the summer, more stable in the winter, thus protecting and insulating
plant roots from extreme temperatures. One bale typically covers 100
square feet (10’ x 10’) in most garden beds.
MulchTM is very
absorbent! It will retain lots of moisture when wet down after
application. This absorbed moisture also will ballast the mulch so it
stays in place with regular precipitation or irrigation. It stays where
you put it, keeping the mulch where its needed, not where its not!
MulchTM is an
excellent mulch for newly sown grass seed.
a very thin layer helps to prevent erosion and protects newly sown grass
seed from grazing birds and extremes in temperature and moisture
availability. Water immediately after seeding and spreading mulch. Once
grass seeds germinate our product doesn’t need removal, unlike
salt marsh hay and straw, which should be taken off. The 2.2 cubic foot
bale easily covers 400 to 500 sq. ft. when mulching grass seed!
MulchTM eliminates the “clumping and smothering”
associated with salt marsh hay and regular straw because it’s engineered
to self compost and rapidly decay. It won’t form a thatch layer like
regular salt hay or straw often does. Our mulch doesn’t contribute to
“damping off” fungal problems like other products can. It simply
disappears, contributing a mild nutrient load to the soil that seedlings
MulchTM wherever you want fairly rapid decomposition of
the mulch (depending upon thickness) such as in lawn seeding or in
vegetable gardens! The green hay component helps to encourage soil-borne
microbes to accelerate the “composting” of the straw & hay combination.
Earthworms love it too!