11 Benefits Of Using Tea Tree Mulch In Your Garden Beds

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Mulching is an enormously important part of soil management.

It helps to even out the soil temperature, minimise weed growth and reduce loss of soil moisture.

With droughts a feature of the Australian climate, soil water management is critical. Overall, people are becoming more aware of the value of mulching to optimise watering, the retention of moisture in the soil and controlling run-off.

In fact, mulching can prevent evaporation from the soil by up to 70%! The break down of organic mulch also releases nutrients into the soil to maximise fertility.

Environmental factors aside, more efficient use of water can result in significant cost savings as well.

There are many different types of mulches available, and it is important that you choose a mulch that is appropriate for you specific needs. But as this post is about Tea Tree mulch, here is some information that may help you to decide whether it will be useful for you.

Tea Tree mulch is made from Melaleuca plant residue after the tea tree oil has been extracted. It breaks down reasonably slowly and therefore lasts for quite a while.

  • Tea tree mulch has a repellent affect on termites.
  • Contains a wide variety of plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potash) which compost down to enrich the soil.
  • Inhibits weed growth, yet is highly absorbent, allowing water to freely penetrate.
  • Reduces need for watering as its natural qualities enhance moisture retention.
  • Enriches the soil and stimulates fast growth of plants and crops.
  • Worm friendly to improve soil structure.
  • Free of chemicals, weeds and seeds.
  • Has a natural feel, look and colour to enhance your garden.
  • It has a fresh, astringent smell which is very pleasant.
  • Provides a better matting effect when spread.
  • Normally lasts up to 12 months.
  • Tea Tree Mulch does not draw moisture away from where it is needed, overheat surrounding plants, contain weeds, seeds or chemicals and breaks down fairly quickly to feed your plants.

Before you mulch, remove existing weeds, and apply a 75mm – 100mm coverage of Tea Tree mulch for best results.

If you are not sure whether Tea Tree mulch is the best product for your garden, give us a call on 5453 7100 and speak to our knowledgeable staff to get you on the right track.

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