We moved into our house over 2 years ago and I 'm trying to gradually reclaim the front garden. The previous owner had planted a conifer outside in the middle of the lawn which had grown to about 14ft and was full of beatles ! He had also enclosed the garden with scraggy looking hedges . We have removed the tree and hedges, although some of the roots are still in the borders. The borders are pretty empty and I am limited on how much I can spend this year . The earth is quite grey looking due to all the the dead hedge and tree debris. I have brought some daffodil, tall tulips and dwarf variated tulip bulbs, perennial anemones, crocus and snowdrops bulbs so am quite excited at looking forward to next spring. I'd like to improve the soil so I 'm thnking of digging compost in before planting bulbs. I have found a bag of bark in the garage- would ths also help to improve the soil and keep weeds at bay ? Also the edge of the lawn is becoming merged with the weeds ! What is the easiest ways to re-define it again . I had a pathetic attempt with a spade but it didn't seem sharp enough. Sorry it's so long , thanks
Use of bark can cause nitrogen deficiency in your soil so only use on beds for perennial and shrubs as a mulch on the top of the soil. Dont use it on veg or annual flower beds as it will end up being dug into the soil and do more harm that good.
You can often buy soil improver from the local council via your local dump and it tends to be quite cheap.