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?
Both garden soils and plants benefit from mulch. While you can mulch at any time of the year, doing so in autumn makes a lot of sense. Here are some tips to make sure your plants thrive after an application of organic mulch!
Once some of this water subsides, you might be in the market for some pavers or steppers to create walkways, outdoor living zones or definition around your home.