Do you use cypress mulch or pine bark mulch? We know that mulches, in general, are used for helping the soil hold more moisture and protecting plants from extreme temperatures. This article is not favouring one mulch over the other. If anything, we are here to help you form the best decisions as to which is more suitable for your gardening or landscaping needs. Before we compare the two mulches, we must first get to know them individually.
An organic material used for landscaping and gardening, cypress mulch is naturally fungus and pest resistant. It is known for suppressing weed and weed seed growth. As it breaks down, the mulch will be a good source of nutrients for the soil.
Cypress mulch comes in shredded and chip forms. Its shredded form performs better because it is finer; thus, it composts much quicker.
As it decomposes, this type of mulch stays neutral and does not change the pH level of the soil, unlike other organic mulches.
Pine bark mulch
Pine bark mulch is made from its pine trees’ shredded bark, but it can also contain the bark of other evergreens such as spruce and fir.
Like the cypress mulch, the pine bark mulch also comes in shredded and chip or nugget forms. While the shredded mulch composts faster, the nuggets last longer.
The pine bark mulch adds aluminium to the soil, which reduces toxicity to plants due to high soil acidity.
Which one should you use?
- Is better used for plants that thrive in less acidic soil.
- Is excellent for plants during cold temperatures.
- Is cost-effective, especially its shredded variation.
- When it is fresh, has a lovely scent and is aesthetically pleasing, with its natural dark colour.
- Repels more water and stays in place especially during rainfall and flooding.
Pine bark mulch
- Is preferred for plants that grow better in acidic soil.
- Is very lightweight and easy to spread.
- Is not suitable for areas with heavy winds and rainfall.
- Has natural red-dark brown colour that lasts longer compared to other wood mulches.
- Has a pine nugget variation, which takes longer to break down than its shredded variation.
Have you figured out which organic mulch you need for your garden? Keep in mind that the type of mulch you should get will depend on your location, the types of plants you have, and your personal preference.
Labrador Landscape Supplies has got you covered
Suppose you are looking for cypress mulch, barks, soil, sand, rocks, additives, and compost for your yard. In that case, you can be sure that Labrador Landscape Supplies has a wide variety of high-quality materials you can choose from. Visit us at 221 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters QLD 4214 from Mondays to Saturdays, or our website at https://landscape-supply.com.au/ for delivery, quotation, landscaping tips, and other information.