Using mulch on a garden or as part of a landscaping project will result in a healthier, more weed free and drought-resistant end result, by comparison to using soil alone.
On commercial sites, having mulch means your plants will have a much better rate of survival, and will need a lot less maintenance in the crucial first 12 month period.
Mulch is typically made up of formerly living material such as chopped leaves, wood chips, and shredded bark. It is made up purely from 100% vegetation waste, or green waste collected from field sites.
Treescape produces mulch in a variety of qualities, depending on your requirements. Green mulch, high grade mulch and medium grade mulch are all available by the square meter from selected depots.
Some benefits to using mulch include:
- Moderates soil-temperature fluctuations.
- Protects plant roots from winter cold and helps prevent frost-heaving, where plants are pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil.
- In hot-summer areas, helps keep plant roots cooler.
- Can add nutrition to your garden as it breaks down.
Treescape’s mulch is not contaminated with pest vegetation such as bamboo, and is free from fibrous waste such as that from palm vegetation (e.g. yucca and phoenix). These products are processed separately.
If you have booked a Treescape crew to carry out vegetation work on your property, the mulch, limbs and waste will be taken care of according to your specifications. There are a number of options available, so talk to us to find out more.
Treescape can also deliver mulch by the truck load, or you can collect tree mulch by the square meter from selected depots.
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Mulch is a layer of natural material applied on top of the soil to help conserve moisture, thus lowering the need for water. It also provides nutrients and protects the soil from the elements. Mulching encourages earthworms and other microorganisms to remain active near the surface, adding to the soil’s nutrition.
- Retaining moisture in the ground. In the warmer summer months, mulching is a great way to lower water use
- It is great to control weed growth
- Mulch helps keeps the soil in place, reducing erosion
- By promoting earthworms and other microorganisms to reside under it, mulching is strongly associated with improving soil nutrition
- With soil nutrition and weed control addressed via mulching, the need to for chemicals is significantly reduced
- It is great as landscaping material
- When added around roots of trees and plants, it protects them from extreme cold and frost in winter
Mulches come in three key categories – feeding, woody and permanent.
Feeding mulch can be made from pea straw, lupin and lucerne. It breaks down rapidly in the soil and needs frequent replacement or topping up. It is ideal for fruit and vegetable plants.
Woody mulches are wood chips; great for hardy plants such as trees while permanent mulch includes pebbles, crushed bricks and stones. These are best suited for landscaping, are great to help hold moisture and are recommended for plants that don’t drop many leaves.
Permanent mulch is made from repurposed rubber, such as tyres. It looks very authentic and lasts for several years. That means you don’t need to reapply mulch every spring.
Your choice of mulch should be defined by need – is it for landscaping purposes only or also protecting of some key trees and plants? Availability and price are other factors that come into play when deciding on which mulch if best for you. If your need is large, it is best to leave this decision to the experts. Treescape’s qualified arborists understand the need of the land and provide woody mulch and wood chips as mulching solutions for large residential and commercial projects.
End of winter or start of spring when the ground still has considerable moisture is a good time to mulch. Call Treescape’s qualified team of arborists to help with your mulching needs on large lands today.
Examine the soil closely before mulching. Ensure it is healthy and has adequate compost, organic matter and fertilisers for plants and trees before you add mulch. Watering before application of mulch is also recommended.
Mulching is not a difficult job and can be done by homeowners easily. However professional help is recommended if:
- You have a large section to cover off
- Save time. Mulching may be simple but can be time-consuming, especially if you are landscaping alongside
- You’ll get professional, crisp results!
Mulching is one of the most valuable, efficient and effective ways to improve the exterior of a home. The time to get started is now. Contact Treescape for your mulching needs today.