There are so many reasons why mushroom compost is the perfect mulch choice for your garden beds. For a start, it is environmentally friendly. Mushroom compost is an organic product which both recycles waste and saves water. According to Paul Broad, Sydney Water Managing Director, "Mulching your garden is equivalent to halving your weekly watering. It means you can have both a lush garden and practice water conservation."
Mushroom compost stores up to 70% of its own weight in water, and improves the transmission of water through the soil. Mushroom compost keeps soil cooler in warmer weather and increases soil resistance to both wind and water erosion.
Mushroom compost is a scientifically developed recipe of recycled organic ingredients such as: stable bedding (including manure), wheat straw, poultry litter and cotton seed hulls which are pasteurised to kill any harmful bacteria. It contains almost all of the nutrients needed for good plant growth and these are released slowly through the soil. Mushroom compost aids seedling emergence and improves the structure of the soil. Finally, it produces no harmful decomposition products
Mushroom compost is suitable for most flowering plants, trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens and herbs, and establishing lawns.
It is not recommended for some native plants and acid-loving plants such as azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
But what is the best way to use Mushroom Compost in your garden?
The best way to get your garden thriving and maximise the warmth and rain provided by Mother Nature, is to mulch. There are so many types of mulch to choose from, and it is important that you pick one that is best for your particular project.
Unscreened sand is soil that has been excavated from dig outs around the Sunshine Coast, and is ideal to use for levelling or filling in low areas. This soil is quite clean, but has not been broken down or sifted in any way and may have roots, weeds, sticks and rocks in it.
Hurray for the rain! And now we can talk about rain gardens, and how they can make an attractive decorative addition to your garden, as well as conserve precious water.