Mulch is important for outdoor plants. But container plants can also benefit from a little layer of mulch. Certain types of mulch such as grass clippings, pine needles, and cypress mulch will decompose and release nutrients into the soil. The mulch will also protect the plant’s roots from the sun and promote water retention.
Adding a small layer of mulch to your container plants can be an easy way to keep them healthy while being aesthetically appealing. Mulching is also known to conserve soil moisture and to encourage new and healthy growth with plants that have wilting stems.
Mulch good, and not good, for container plants
- Don’t use rubber mulch and other synthetic mulch. These can contain harsh chemicals since they’re from unknown sources.
- Don’t use cocoa mulch. The only thing they’re good for is their smell. However, if you have a cat or dog, they could become interested in tasting the mulch. This can make your pets unwell. If you plan to do your container gardening outside, cocoa mulch will cause mould growth and may attract fungus and gnats.
- Cypress mulch has a lovely reddish colour that makes it decorative with your container gardening. Find the ones that are finely chopped as this gives off a pleasant smell. Cypress mulch and its red blend repel white ants.
- Tea tree mulch is a very versatile mulch with a fibrous texture and pleasant smell, perfect for your container gardening.
How to water mulched container plants
Since container gardening with mulch may lead to overwatering by mistake, it is important to consider moving the mulch aside to expose the soil while watering. This is why it is also important to place only a very thin layer of mulch on top of the soil, just enough to cover it. The amount of each container garden that will need to be watered will depend on the size of both the plant and the container. However, ensure that the container will not dry out completely.
It is also important to ensure that your container gardens have proper drainage. Make sure to use containers with holes at the bottom to prevent water from becoming trapped and causing waterlogged roots. If your containers don’t have holes, you make the holes yourself using common tools.
Labrador Landscape Supplies
For many years now, dependable cypress mulch and other mulch and bark suppliers for the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas. Mulch and bark have always been popular for gardeners and used in landscaping. At Labrador Landscape Supplies, we can provide a wide range of mulches, bark, and other landscape materials for all your needs. Call us today on 07 5537 2841. You can also visit us and see what’s available at https://landscape-supply.com.au/.