Sweet Peet is a natural, unique, versatile, nutritious material that is 100% organic due to its make-up of virgin wood products, manure,and plant fibers. It differs from many mulches and soil amendmentsin that it contains no human waste, no construction material or junk wood, such as pallets, and no chemicals.
Sweet Peet’s ‘secret” is that unlike bark or wood mulch, it does not rob the soil of nitrogen but instead supplies nitrogen in a slow release form to your valuable plants. In addition, Sweet Peet fosters the multiplication of beneficial and necessary soil organisms such as mycorrhizae, rhizobacteria and earthworms, among others, and which in turn results in the increased production of glomalin which is the “glue” that holds soil particles together to give the garden or planting bed that desired tilth of “chocolate cake” which plants love.
Sweet Peet goes through a composting stage where high temperatures destroy any weed seeds, preventing contamination of your vegetable garden, landscape, or lawn. It has a very attractive dark brown color with a sweet, earthy smell. We guarantee you will not even know that you are working with manure!
With the additional value of adding nutrients and microbes back into the soil, the choice to use Sweet Peet is not a difficult one. Whether you are working on rehabilitating old landscape beds or new beds, you must consider the nutrient value and structure of the soil. Adding organic matter back to the soil with Sweet Peet revitalizes the soil with essential microbes necessary for the proper exchange of nutrients to the roots of plants from the soil, and will act as a nutrient reservoir, and greatly increase the pore space of the soil for better aeration.
HOW TO USE:
As a Mulch
It’s dark rich color is derived from naturally occurring tannins that are baked in during the composting process. It is a truly attractive mulch that is lightweight and easy to spread. Since Sweet Peet is fortified with farm manure, it will also reduce the nitrogen-borrowing that can occur when using typical hardwood mulches. This is especially important for annual and perennial beds. Geraniums, Petunias, and Begonias will certainly stand out when you use this mulch.
For vegetable or flower gardens, spread about 1″ deep using layers of newspaper under the Sweet Peet to additionally suppress weeds. Also, the application of Preen for landscape or flower beds prior to planting would work instead of the newspapers. Preen for Vegetable Gardens must be applied for edible crops. Keep Sweet Peet away from stems of plants.
Planting flowers or vegetables or preparing landscape beds before planting
Spread a layer of Sweet Peet to a 2-3″ depth over the planting bed. Spade or rototill in the Sweet Peet thoroughly. Note: Even apply to areas with “new, good” processed topsoil as this topsoil is not the same as naturally laid down topsoil as such processed topsoils can become “gummy” and compacted in a short period of time.
Tree & Shrub Planting
Though we would not recommend only using Sweet Peet when planting trees and shrubs. A mix of 25% Canadian Peat, 12.5% Sweet Peet, and the remainder of good topsoil will give the plants you are installing an outstanding start; satisfying the plants nutritional requirements.
Sweet Peet is also a great soil amendment when planting ericaceous shrubs such as Rhododendron-Azalea, Kalmia, Pieris, Leucothoe, Callunas, Ericas and Vaccinium (blueberries). Add pre-moistened Canadian Sphagnum peat by mixing it in the back fill for the planting holes as directed in our rhododendron-azalea planting instructions. Add Sweet Peet to the peat moss-soil mixture at one half the rate of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat and re-mix thoroughly. * Sweet Peet is slightly alkaline and so that the liberal amount of acidic Canadian Peat Moss will ensure the necessary soil acidity for this group of plants.
For more information, check out our Rhododendron-Azalea tip sheet.
Establishing New Lawns
Though not truly cost effective, Sweet Peet is extremely effective at seed starting in a lawn. Seeds can be directly sown in a 1-2″ layer of Sweet Peet and will result in exceptional seed germination.
Thatch in a Lawn
Thatch buildup in a lawn can cause an otherwise healthy lawn to begin to decline by not allowing fertilizer and adequate water to reach the root zone. Even with regular aeration, there is no substitute for adding organic matter to a lawn to aid in breaking down thatch. Sweet Peet’s light weight makes it easy to spread in the lawn. Simply dump in small piles throughout the lawn and work in with a leaf blower.
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