Some of the many questions that novice gardeners ask are what is mulch?  What benefit does mulching have?  What kind of materials or products should I use as a garden mulch? The most popular and commonly used garden mulch is Wood Chippings or Bark.  Using this comes with a number of benefits. For gardeners with severe backache, wood chippings is a superb investment. Both a gardener as well as a landscaper use a mulching material for home owners. These are mainly used if you wish to add a decorative uniformity.  For example to large areas of beds, borders and other soil filled areas. Wood chippings can perform a multitude of jobs, but it is as mulch that wood chippings really come into their own.

Mulch is any type of material that is spread over the surface of soil to enhance the health and look of your garden bed. There are many types of mulch available and bark mulch is one of the most beneficial types. It’s made out of tree bark shredded into fine, medium, and large pieces for top dressing your garden beds.

There are many benefits to using bark mulch:

  • Retains moisture in the soil
  • Adds a layer of protection for plants against weather
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Keeps dust from blowing around
  • Keeps the soil cool
  • Makes the garden bed look more attractive by dressing up the beds with texture and colour
  • Lasts a long time
  • Helps improve the soil’s fertility, as it decomposes

Bark mulch is especially beneficial in creating a favourable environment for earthworms and soil microorganisms.  Over time this helps reduce soil compaction. About five to eight centimetres around trees and shrubs is all you need to add a decorative touch to your landscape, while your soil enjoys the many advantages bark mulch provides.

For all year round beauty in your garden and expert advice on which bark mulch will work best for your garden, do not hesitate to speak to Stanler Farms today to allow the experts to guide you through the year.