Gardeners will soon have access to an environmentally-friendly garden mulch product developed at the University of Leeds, thanks to a £30,000 award won by its inventor.
The straw-based mulch – called Strulch – was developed by Dr Geoff Whiteley in the School of Biology. It will be marketed by Ingwermat, a company formed to use patents developed at Leeds, with the help of the Home Grown Cereals Authority Enterprise award.
The mulch is made from shredded straw treated with iron minerals which turn it brown and slow the rate of decomposition. It lasts for up to two years, is effective in weed control, reduces the need for watering in the garden and is a deterrent against slugs and snails.
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