Warmer weather has arrived and, as Australians, we love nothing more than spending time outside! Mulching not only makes a garden look great but is very beneficial for your garden.
Why use a mulch?
Mulches are generally used for the following reasons:
- Maintain soil moisture levels – Mulching keeps the moisture levels high in your garden will help reduce watering especially in the warmer months of summer.
- Suppress weed growth – By reducing sunlight to the soil you reduce the chance of dormant weed seed germinating.
- Add organic matter and increase microorganisms in the soil – As organic based mulches compost, they increase microorganism activity, producing healthier soil.
- Aesthetically pleasing – Improve the look of your garden and help create foliage contrasts between mulch and plants.
How much mulch do you need?
At Thomson Landscapes we recommend 1m3 will cover 10m2 at 100mm thick. This estimate is to cover an area that has no mulch there already.
Putting a mulch down at 100mm thick is optimal coverage to benefit from the points above.
What mulch should you use?
The most commonly used mulches include
A chocolate brown nugget-shaped wood chip available in 10mm and 25mm.
10mm pine bark is commonly used in formal gardens and in smaller areas.
25mm pine bark is commonly used in informal gardens and larger areas. See our Pine Bark Wood Chip Mulch.
A honey brown chip available in 20-30mm.
This long-lasting mulch is commonly used in larger gardens. See our Hardwood Chip product.
A coarse 20-40mm chip from selected tree loppings.
Leaf mulch is commonly used in informal and native gardens. It composts quickly and will add nutrients to the soil faster than other mulches. Because of this, however, it may need topping up more frequently than others. See our Leaf Mulch here.
At Thomson Landscape Supplies a wide range of mulches are available.