If you are a gardener of flowers and other decorative plants, you might want to add mulch with soil, water, and fertiliser for a healthy garden. Many amateur and novice are unaware that mulch can be good for flower gardens, aside from being beneficial to vegetable and herb gardens. Of course, natural and organic mulch, such as cypress mulch, is much better and effective rather than inorganic mulch.
Organic mulch helps to keep both roots and soil cool by retaining much soil moisture. This is especially useful for young flower plants that need time to establish their roots, whether in hot or cold weather. Mulch also prevents weeds by acting as a physical barrier between weed seeds and the soil. This prevents the weed seeds from germinating. Organic mulch even fertilises the soil as the mulch slowly decomposes. In this way, mulch encourages earthworms to come to the soil surface to feed on decomposing organic matter.
Of course, mulch adds a decorative element to any flower bed landscape, providing a sense of aesthetic beauty between flowerbeds.
What soils benefit from mulch?
All types of soil receive beneficial nutrients as the organic mulch breaks down. However, sandy and clay soils, more than others, need mulch in flower gardens. This is because sandy soil allows moisture to drain away quickly. Mulch retains much moisture for the soil. Clay soil has poor aeration characteristics, so mulch helps with aeration.
Determine how much mulch is needed
Gardeners can place between one to four inches of mulch for flowerbeds. More than four inches may cause fungal problems. This applies to all types of organic mulch, including cypress mulch. You can use these calculations to estimate how much mulch to buy. If in doubt, ask for help from your local landscape supplies store (such as Labrador Landscape Supplies).
When to apply mulch
Mulch can be applied anywhere and anytime if the soil is bare. If applied in the spring, mulch suppresses the growth of weeds. In summer, mulch will protect plants from heat by retaining moisture. In autumn and winter, mulch will protect plants from the cold and frost heaving.
Mulch suppliers for Brisbane and Gold Coast areas
Mulch, especially cypress mulch, is popular not only in flower and vegetable gardens but in general landscaping. Labrador Landscape Supplies provides a wide variety of different organic mulches and even garden bark to suit every particular need of landscaping projects. Call us today for your mulch needs on 07 5537 2841, or you can enquire at http://landscape-supply.com.au/.