Adding a layer of mulch to your whole garden this spring is the best thing you can do for your plants. No matter what type of mulch you choose – such as cypress mulch – the huge payoff is worth it: Beautiful and healthy plants and fewer weeds. But, as mulching is essential for your garden, you also need to know just how much mulch you need to use and buy.
First, decide what mulch to use
There are many types of landscape mulch, from pine bark, tea tree mulch, and redwood mulch, to cypress mulch. Most mulch can be used for most plants. With a vegetable garden, you need to find out what type of mulch is compatible with the vegetables you’re growing. If you have pets, don’t use mulch with cocoa content as these are toxic to pets.(more…)
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.(more…)
There is no arguing that mulching around shrubs is an excellent way to keep these plants healthy. After all, mulch conserves soil moisture, suppresses seeds of weeds, and protects the lower stems of shrubs. In fact, cypress mulch seems to work best with shrubs. However, mulching takes a little understanding in order to work well with plants.
For existing shrubs
For coarse mulching materials such as bark or cypress, make the depth only two to three inches. Add only as much to maintain the regular depth after deterioration. For example, if the mulch applied a couple of years beforehand has deteriorated to about an inch, add only an inch or two of the same mulch. Make sure to remove all weeds, rocks, and stones from the soil before applying the mulch.(more…)
People plant shrubs to make hedges around their house. These hedges have varied purposes, such as beautification, an attractive façade to cover an unattractive fence, creating privacy, or serving as a fence or screen. Often, the purpose or landscape determines what type of shrub or hedge will be planted, whether it’s just for ornamental purposes or to serve as a façade, fence, or screen. You can also use cypress mulch underneath to make the hedges more attractive and keep the shrubs healthy.
Planting and caring for hedges
Before selecting a shrub for your hedge, you need to remember these three things:
- On average, plant the shrubs one metre apart. It can be closer if the hedge is for ornamental purposes. Plant in a trench rather than holes and add some fertiliser and extra water.
- Prune the shrub tips often to get a bushy and dense hedge. Prune both tops and sides.
- Even for privacy or fence screens, the best height for hedges is one where you can reach to prune without a ladder.
Mulch is usually organic material laid over the soil’s surface to retain moisture, prevent weeds from sprouting, regulate soil temperature, and prevent erosion. Bare soil exposed to sunlight will heat plant roots and require more water, and it’s an invitation for weed seeds. Some mulch, such as cypress mulch, can add an attractive finishing touch around flower beds, path curbs, shrubs, and trees. However, you can’t just buy truckloads of mulch and dump it into your garden. There are dos and don’ts you need to remember, or your garden may suffocate.
Do use the right mulch
Organic mulches break down into the soil, adding nutrients to it. Inorganic mulches such as plastic and rubber may keep moisture in the soil and prevent weeds, but has no nutrient value for the soil.(more…)
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/.
Mulch is a by-product of trees that is spread over the soil in a garden. Mulch, such as tea tree mulch or cypress mulch, can do a lot for a garden, such as regulating the soil’s temperature, keeping plant roots cool during the hot months, and warm in winter. Mulch can also lock in moisture into the soil, prevent weeds from sprouting, and enriches the soil with nutrients.
What is tea tree mulch?
Tea tree mulch is a by-product of tea tree farming during the process of extracting tea tree oil from the Melaleuca plant. The mulch is the residue after the oil has been extracted. Tea tree mulch helps facilitate the growth of a healthy garden. It is slow to break down and has a pleasant aroma that makes it ideal for any residential landscaping project. Tea tree mulch is very much beneficial for ornamental gardens.(more…)
Because of Covid-19 restrictions, people all over the world have taken up hobbies that keep them occupied while they are quarantining and socially distancing from friends and family. This includes horticulture. If you have even a tiny space to grow plants, you can do this little hobby while staying safe at home and keeping a peaceful mindset with all that is going on in the outside world. Aside from monsteras, philodendrons, pothoses, alocasias, and other plants that have grown (pun intended) quite famous these days, you might also want to add some fungi into the mix. Why mushrooms, you ask? Like most plants, they play an integral part in our ecosystem. Plus, the edible ones are packed with protein and vitamins, which could be an excellent substitute for meat if you are thinking of eating less. Start your mushroom farming journey here. Don’t forget to get in touch with Labrador Landscape Supplies for cypress mulch, sand, soil, and other gardening and landscaping needs.(more…)
Water is critical to the plants’ survival in your garden, or even if you’re only growing a few ones in pots. Water carries the dissolved nutrients that plants need to absorb, required for photosynthesis, as a running evaporative cooling system, and helps plants stand upright. Here are our tips, such as using cypress mulch, to improve how you water your plants.
Targeting and timing are important
If you can, group plants according to their water requirements. This may need a bit of research. Vegetable gardens need to be watered at least twice a day during the summer months. Whatever plants you’re watering, always target the roots as well as the leaves. Watering in the morning and early evening reduces evaporation loss, giving time for the water to percolate into the soil down to the roots. Leaves will also not dry out quickly.(more…)
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.(more…)