Mulch serves a variety of functions in any backyard or home garden. But if some family members are dogs or cats, we need to know if mulch has issues with them. Pets love to spend time outside and explore their territory. Dogs, in particular, are curious and will explore every square inch of their territory, including attempting to sample some garden mulch. Generally, cypress mulch is considered safe for dogs and cats. However, you also need to know about other types of mulch.
Mulch and pet safety
Mulch used in gardens provides protection to plants, especially to flower beds, and helps to keep the soil moist and improves nutrient density. It can decrease weed growth. It also has a decorative function as mulch comes in different forms and colours.
By nature, dogs are curious and will play and chew on mulch. Wood-based and bark mulch is safe for pets. While most mulch is safe for dogs, cocoa bean mulch should not be used if you have pets. It is toxic to dogs because it contains, you got it, cocoa or chocolate. Mulch may also become choking hazards to dogs. If possible, keep dogs away from mulch or use mulch that has been well-grounded.
Cats will not eat or chew on garden mulch. But they consider any mulch as a fresh litter box. So, if you have several felines as family members, be prepared for the mulch to become a litter box, or you can create a litter box for the cats, mixed with sand and cypress mulch or pine mulch.
Labrador Landscape mulch safe for pets
Cypress mulch and Pine bark mulch
These are considered the safest mulch for pets. Cypress has a reddish colour that makes it decorative for any garden. It is finely chopped and gives a pleasant smell. It also repels white ants. Finely chopped and ground pine bark mulch is also decorative for any garden. It can even be used for kid’s sandboxes or playgrounds. Cypress and pine bark mulch are also suitable for cat litter boxes.
Tea Tree mulch
This mulch has a fibrous texture and pleasant smell. Even when finely chopped, it will not be carried away by rain and wind.
This mulch is a bright red colour and is used to repel white ants from home and domestic gardens. This is the mulch often seen spread around outside fast-food chains and service stations.
Hoop bark fine mulch
This mulch is a dark brown colour and holds together well even in windy, rainy, and steep areas. It has high moisture retention, benefiting plant soils.
The reliable Gold Coast mulch suppliers
Mulch and bark are useful for landscaping and gardening, particularly cypress mulch. At Labrador Landscape Supplies, we can provide landscapers and gardeners with a wide variety of different mulches, as well as other landscaping needs. Get in touch with Labrador Landscape Supplies today at https://landscape-supply.com.au/ for your gardening needs.