The Benefits of Mulching Your Garden
Mulching is a major step in creating a garden that is wonderful, well-kept and full of highly nourished trees and plants. Mulch is a material that acts as a protective barrier on the ground around plants. There are two types of mulches —organic and non-organic. Both varieties provide many benefits.
What does mulch contain?
Materials used to create organic mulches include wood chips, pine, leaves, compost, grass clippings, animal manure and more. Non-organic mulches contain materials like rubber, plastic, gravel, and pebbles. You have to consider your final application when you’re choosing mulch. Consider the theme of the garden and the type of plants that you’re growing, and pick your mulch accordingly. Pine straw, for example, is great for acid loving plants like strawberries or blueberries. Before we learn more about good mulching practices, let us take a look at some of the benefits of mulching.
Top 5 reasons why you should mulch
- Moisture retention
Both organic and non-organic mulches retain soil moisture and prevent your plants from drying out, especially in the hot and dry months. Because of this, you will have to water less frequently. You should benefit from lower water bills.
- Inhibits the growth of weeds
If you mulch open spaces in your garden, you will stop weeds in their tracks. The mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the weeds and thereby inhibits weed germination and growth.
- Reduces soil erosion
Mulch acts as a barrier, preventing rainwater from hitting the soil with force and washing it away. It also regulates soil temperature fluctuations that are known to damage plants.
- Nourishes the soil
Not only does mulch prevent nutrient-rich soil from being washed away, but it also releases nutrients into the ground. Organic mulches, in particular, decompose and nourish the soil over time.
- Wards off pests
Certain varieties of mulch deter pests in your garden. Mulches that are highly fragrant or those that have insect repelling properties are the best. Cedar bark is one such example.
While organic mulches add value to the soil and promote soil micro-organism activity, non-organic mulches make your garden look uniform, and they’re perfect for creating garden paths or play areas. To keep your garden healthy, make sure the mulch is between 75 and 100 mm in depth. Don’t apply more than a 4-inch thick layer of mulch as this will stop water from getting into the soil. Besides, pests may just end up building their homes beneath the mulch.
One of the other things to bear in mind is to avoid applying mulch to areas of the garden that become water-logged. Mulch will only exacerbate the problem by retaining water and trapping more moisture than required. To overcome this issue, make sure you find out more about the soil that’s in your garden and the needs of your plants.
Mulching can be very beneficial for your garden. To reap the rewards of this simple process, find out which mulching material is best for your geographic area and research the type of mulches available to find the right one for your garden, your plants and your lifestyle.
An economically sustainable mulch, consisting of a variety of mixed vegetation. It may vary in shape, colour and consistency. Very useful in retaining moisture and providing short term benefits to your garden.
*Please Note: it may contain foreign matter. We offer no guarantees for the content of this mulch.
Tropical Cypress Blend
A presentable choice for your garden. A clean blend of cypress bark and small matchstick-like material along with fines. Provides a great mid-range option for providing beneficial aspects to your garden.
It has also been reported that cypress can repel termites and mosquitos.
Medium Hoop Mulch
With its dark colour and natural appeal, this product is a popular choice among many. Sourced from the Hoop Pine tree, this mulch is of strip-like consistency giving it unmatchable performance in hillside or embankment applications. Possessing great visual appeal and long lasting potential, this is one of our most sought after products.
What Volume of Mulch Do I Need?
This is a very common but vital question when looking at any gardening project. What you need to do is work out the area of the garden to be covered and simply divide by 10 which gives you the volume needed in cubic metres if the mulch layer is going to be the recommended 100mm (4inches).
Another way of thinking about it is: One cubic metre of mulch will cover ten square metres at a depth of 100mm (4 inches). Always remember, that you can call us at the office and get us to check over your figures if you just wanted to make sure …. Sometimes two heads are better than one!
Over ordering is a waste as you’ll be giving the excess to your grateful neighbor. Ordering to little can also be a waste as the mulch will not do the job you expect and you’ll be needing to order more mulch sooner than later.
Hoop Pine Mulch from $242.90 per cubic metre
Forest Mulch from $182.10 per cubic metre
Tropical Cypress Blend Mulch from $226.20 per cubic metre
All prices include supply, laying and delivery of mulch. Additional charges may apply if we need to negotiate stairs or other obstacles or if we need to move materials.
These prices from 1300 4 GARDENING are worked out from the average from years of experience. We are able to come out see your site conditions to give you a comprehensive quote or follow this helpful link thanks to Centenary Landscaping supplies to be able to measure up yourself. With this and a few photos we will be able to complete this quote for you without even visiting your site. You will be able to choose the mulch required from their site as well..
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**Please Note: We also offer a vast selection of alternate mulches. Please contact us on 1300 442 733 or send us an email to Admin@13004Gardening.com.au for more information.