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Magic mulch

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13 Oct, 2023

Magic mulch

If you look at plants in nature, the soil is not usually void of cover. There will naturally be leaf litter,  plants, and animal debris covering the soil which will break down and be reabsorbed for the nutrients to be used by future plants.

The cover also protects the soil from harsh weather conditions including the hot sun, wind, and heavy rain that can erode the soil.

This is where the magic of mulch comes into play. Arborist mulch mimics the natural cover. Whole chipped tree mulch including the leaves, bark, and heartwood helps to protect the soil. Alternatively, you can use other types of mulch including sheep dags, straw, shredded paper and cardboard, seaweed, and grass clippings.

Mulch will help to keep moisture in the soil and suppress weeds, as well as condition the soil as it breaks down over time to be re-absorbed. Arborist mulch should be applied annually and at a thickness of about 5cm. Do not mulch up close to the tree trunk to avoid rot and disease. Always water the garden after mulching to lock in moisture and this will also help the mulch to bed down.

Some clients worry that arborist mulch will reduce nitrogen availability to the surrounding plants. The key here is to keep the mulch on the surface, you should not be digging it into the soil. I have never seen any problem with nutrient deficiency as a result of surface mulch.

Our arborist mulch looks great and is available at an incredibly competitive price.

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