OTHER HANDY TIPS
■ Keep mulch away from touching the stem of the plant. (It can cause the stem to rot and the plant to die). ■ Using a drip tube under the mulch to irrigate your garden also drastically increases how long your mulch will last. The more the mulch gets wet, the faster it rots, so watering under the mulch keeps it dry and lasts for a long time. ■ You can use a pebble or decorative stone to mulch your garden. Avoid pebble mulch in areas subject to leaf drop and remember to fertilise regularly. If using a weed mat, choose a porous type that allows water to get through.
Mr Stokes said that as a rule of thumb, the price of mulch is proportional to the time it lasts.
“The cheapest mulches like hay bales or cane trash may only last two to three months before completely disappearing,” he said.
“Whereas the more premium mulches like hardwood or pine bark will last up to two years. So put a price on the time it takes to reapply before you choose your mulch.”