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Bark Mulch - Preventing Weed Growth and Nourishing the Soil

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Mon Jul 13 2009


Bark Mulch

Using mulch can help you reap great benefits in your garden. There are many types of mulches available, both artificial and natural, but perhaps the best type to work with is bark mulch. Bark mulch is made from small chips of bark that create a unique, stylish surface for any garden.

Some of the most widely used bark mulches are: Cedar, Red Cedar, Hemlock, Spruce, Pine, Red-Dyed Pine and plain old wood chips.

The first step in using bark mulch is to select the right variety for your garden. Several varieties are widely available for use throughout Canada. Each variation has its own grade, species, and color of bark.

A professional gardener can help you choose the perfect mulch, or you can simply make an informed decision after comparing several varieties. In general, appearance and personal preference matter more than how the grain size works in your garden.

Mulch is great for preventing weeds from growing and helping the soil retain its moisture. For this reason, mulch should be applied near the base of trees and shrubs as well as in flower beds. Mulch also helps give your garden a clean, finished look. However, this can be disrupted by using artificially colored mulches, which tend to fade more quickly and can create a splotchy look.

Bark mulch should be applied evenly around the area selected. It should lie flat and not be left in tall piles. An overly thick layer of mulch can cause insects and even small rodents to make their home in your garden.

In general, bark mulch need only be two to three inches thick. You can use this measurement to help you determine how much mulch to purchase. Additionally, when applying mulch to a tree or shrub, the mulch should be pushed back several inches away from the tree's base. Meanwhile, in flowerbeds, plants should be fertilized prior to adding mulch so that the fertilizer can be absorbed properly.

Ultimately, bark mulch makes a very practical addition to any garden. Not only does it protect your plants, but it is also long lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Thus, bark mulch is a much smarter choice than other mulches on the market today.


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