Apart from cypress mulch, which are best options to choose from when gardening or landscaping?
Are you done weeding and planting in your garden? The next thing you should do is mulching. But which mulch are you going to use? Know that not all mulches have the same uses.
If you are mulching a play area or footpath, you might consider having a mulch that can last long. Or if you want to keep the nitrogen in your soil, don’t top-dress your hollowed out garden with a certain type of mulch. It would be better to learn and identify first which mulches work well for specific purposes. Here are the different mulches to choose from and their respective uses.
Produced from trees that were cleared for ranching or development, this pleasant-smelling reddish-brown mulch is long-lasting and is believed insect repellent properties.
Considered an excellent alternative as top-dressing, compost is crumbly but is rich and dark brown, which matches with the colour of the soil.
Best used as top-dressing, along pathways, or around trees, shredded or ground hardwood-bark mulch is made of hickory, oak, and other hardwood barks that are usually dark brown in colour. Remember not to mix it with the soil as it drains nitrogen temporarily when it undergoes decomposition.
Lightweight and medium-lasting, pine needles are reddish brown that allows air and water to penetrate. And as they break down, they acidify the soil, which is good for growing azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias.
Gives off a pleasant odour, pine-bark mulches boosts organic matter with the process of decomposition. It is popularly due to its red to dark brown variety.
Can be used around trees and in beds, mulches made of leaf moulds can be acquired easily just by raking.
Shredded cypress mulch
Yellowish in colour at first, but becomes light grey as it ages, cypress mulch also lasts long when used, but are more expensive, especially when shipped from faraway places.
Shredded native mulch
An environment-friendly option, this dark brown mulch is made of recycled materials from tree trimmers and landscapers.
It’s an inorganic option with colours ranging from blue, brown, to red, lasts longer than organic mulches, and works best in suppressing dust, mud, and weeds. The only downside to using shredded rubber is that it doesn’t look natural.
When deciding which mulch to use, it all comes down to the specific application. But if you prefer a mulch which is decorative, exudes a pleasant smell, and especially ideal for domestic gardens, cypress mulch is a great choice.