Reap in the benefits of mulchy goodness
NOT only does mulch make your garden thrive in appearance but its nutrients and evaporation has it dancing on the inside.
According to Plants Whitsunday manager Matt Stokes, a nice thick layer of mulch reduces evaporation of moisture from the soil.
This means you need to water your garden less and the plants don’t get exposed to soil drying out.
He also encourages green thumbs to apply the correct depth of mulch which minimises weed growth and ultimately saves time poisoning and improves the health of plants.
“Be careful though as some of the really cheap mulches can actually contain a lot of weeds and dirt,” he said.
“As mulch breaks down it also adds valuable organic material and nutrients to the soil.”
He recommends applying mulch at least 10cm deep.
The thicker you apply it, the better the benefits and the longer the time before you have to reapply.
To calculate how much you will need, first work out the area of the garden. E.g. length x width = m2 then multiply your area by 0.1.
This will tell you how many cubic meters of mulch you will require e.g. 3m x 8m x 0.1 = 2.4m3 required.
If you have awkward shapes, divide them up into smaller shapes then add them back together at the end.