Our Top Five Tree Mulches & What They Are good For

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We’ve had some much needed rain, and it is a very good time to get in to those garden beds, pull out the weeds, and top up the beds with a nice thick blanket of mulch.

Mulch locks moisture in the soil, helps prevent soil erosion & slows (or stops), weeds from taking over your garden beds. Over time, mulch slowly breaks down & returns important nutrients to the soil. Plus, it has the added benefit of making scrappy, depleted garden beds look fresh & tidy.

There are lots of different mulches to choose from and it is important that you select a mulch that is fit for your particular purpose.

We have put together a quick run down of our top 5 tree mulches to give you an idea of some of the different mulches available, and what types of applications they suit best.

1. Cypress Mulch


Cypress mulch is a terrific choice for those on a budget, as it is generally less expensive than many other organic mulches. Because the wood of cypress trees is slow to break down, cypress mulch lasts longer (up to 2 years).

Our 100% shredded cypress bark is a rich, reddish brown colour, which both lasts & holds its colour longer than many other mulches. Cypress mulch is ideal for embankments, slopes & wind swept areas. It retains moisture extremely well, reducing water requirements for your garden. This is especially important as we enter our brutal summer months. 

Cypress mulch has a beautiful fresh fragrant aroma. It is perfect around timber homes as it is naturally termite resistant, & helps to keep other insects away. While the bugs don’t like cypress mulch, it is completely family and pet friendly.

Lay your cypress mulch at a minimum depth of 8 - 10cm. This ensures the sunlight will not reach the soil, & weeds cannot grow under those conditions.

2. Hardwood Chip Mulch

Hardwood Chip mulch is a long-lasting, decorative mulch with approximately 2.5cm sized particles. This mix contains no fines (fines are small particles that usually have a ‘soil like’ texture), and this means it will generally last longer than traditional mulches. Unlike some pine chip mulches, it will preserve its earthy tones, rather than turning black over time. 

This mulch is largely comprised of hardwood, rather than soft pine making it a safer choice for those who are concerned about termites. It is a champion when it comes to moisture retention. By covering the soil with 5cm of mulch, moisture evaporation from the soil is significantly slowed. Hardwood chips block the sun and help keep the soil cool, and weeds have a hard time emerging from beneath a cover of hardwood chips

If trees are a dominant feature of your garden landscape, hardwood chips represent one of the best mulch choices for trees and shrubs. The chemical and physical diversity of these materials resists the tendency towards the compaction often seen in sawdust and bark. 

Hardwood chips supply nutrients slowly to the soil system, and at the same time they absorb significant amounts of water that is slowly released back to the soil. It’s hardly a surprise that wood chips have been cited as superior mulches for enhanced plant productivity. Hardwood chips have been especially effective in helping establish trees and native plants in urban and disturbed environments. Wood chips also provide incredible weed control in ornamental landscapes.

3. 1” Hoop Pine Bark

Hoop Pine bark is a terrifically easy product to work with, and it is incredibly versatile. It has a deep brown colour and a thick, curly texture. It looks very rich and luxurious when applied to garden beds. Because of its curly structure, Hoop Pine bark is renowned for its ability to cling on to sloping terrain, its resistance to high winds, its ability to absorb and retain moisture and its longevity.

All of these features give it extremely low maintenance properties. It is very popular for use on sloping sites and raised gardens, domestic gardens and high class resorts, office blocks, convention centres, new estates etc.

The product is so named because it is produced in strips approximately 1" wide. It is a by-product of the timber milling industry, where the pine timber is used for building and furniture making. The bark is waste product that has been converted into a very handy, usable garden material.

Generally, there is a small amount of Hoop fines mixed in to the bark, making it an ideal product to keep the weeds at bay, retain moisture and eventually break down and add precious nutrients to the soil. Installation should be to a depth of 100mm to 150mm.

4. Budget Mulch

Budget mulch is one of our most popular products as it is an extremely budget friendly way to fill out and spruce up a tired or drab looking garden bed. It breaks down slowly and releases nutrients gradually over time. 

Budget mulch contains both wood and bark of different shapes and sizes so it breaks down at different rates allowing water to penetrate, and reducing compaction. Because it decomposes at varying rates, it creates a diverse environment for soil organisms.

5. Tea Tree Mulch

Tea tree mulch is one of the more versatile garden mulches we have in the yard, and it is also one of our favourite products.

It is made by grinding up the wood and bark of Melaleuca tea trees. Tea tree mulch in gardens accomplishes almost everything that mulch can accomplish. Tree pieces are ground up into a fibrous, rich mulch that you can use on any plant, and which will beautifully enrich the soil as it decomposes.

Tea tree mulch is known to repel midgies, termites and sandflies but it is friendly to the earthworms that are so beneficial to your soil. It has a pleasant, astringent smell that males your garden fresh and fragrant and it disintegrates more slowly than some other mulches (up to a full year on the soil).

So there you have it. Order onlineor give us a call on 5453 7100 today to arrange your delivery.

 



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