DECORATIVE MULCHES IN CANBERRA
Note: Sizes and picture colours are an indication only. Mulch products are not an exact size product. When a size is listed as 20mm etc. This is an indication only. There will be variations to that size as the product is screened and not measured as an exact size. If you are not sure of the product colour or size please come in and have a look at the product prior to ordering.
FOREST MULCH FRESH
Basic Non Premium mulch. Can be any shape, form, colour or material at any time. This is a 100% recycled green and wood waste product. It breaks downs reasonably quickly. Good to use on large areas where looks are not important. Cheap and cheerful. If you have purchased forest litter previously, the next load won’t look the same.
FOREST MULCH RECYCLED
Recycled Forest Mulch is a recycled product from old palings and other products. It contains 5% Verm (Aust standard allowance). You can find plastic, nails, wire etc throughout. It makes a good budget mulch but will need some picking through to remove the verm as you are spreading it.
CYPRESS FINES -EUCI MULCH
A beautiful fine mulch. Very easy to spread around bushes and flowers. Has great weed suppression characteristics.
A great all round mulch which is said to have termite resistant properties. Light Honey colour. Longer lasting mulch as it is also classified as a hardwood.
The bark of a Cypress Tree, it is a great all round mulch and is also recognised for its termite resistant properties. Good tolerance to wind movement and on slopes. A bit dusty when you get it and as you spread it, but it settles down with a bit of water.
CERTIFIED PLAYGROUND MULCH
Certified Playground Mulch. Generally used for under playground equipment, but a highly decorative fine mulch when used in the garden. Comes with an Australian Standard certificate if required for Schools and other projects.
RED DECORATIVE MULCH – Red Deco
Environmentally friendly dyed woodchip. Often used to create a dominant colour contrast against lawns and garden foliage. The colour will last between 12 to 18 months. After a few months rake over the mulch to bring deeper layers to the surface. This will help lengthen the brightness and lifespan of the product.
BLACK DECORATIVE MULCH – Black Deco
Environmentally friendly dyed woodchip. Often used to create a dominant colour contrast against lawns and garden foliage. The colour will last between 12 to 18 months. . After a few months rake over the mulch to bring deeper layers to the surface. This will help lengthen the brightness and lifespan of the product.
14MM HORTICULTURAL TAN BARK MULCH
A decorative and popular choice. It allows water to penetrate through and is a brown in colour. The pieces are of a small nugget shape.
25MM TAN BARK MULCH
A decorative and popular choice. It allows water to penetrate through and is a brown in colour.
*Contains some aggregate from the mill. After spreading and over time the aggregate generally will end up going through to the bottom of the tanbark, or it can be picked out.
WHAT IS THE BEST MULCH FOR MY GARDEN?
The choice of which mulch to use relates to personal preference. Fine mulches tend to suit more formal gardens, and colourful mulches are preferable in gardens with many foliage plants and fewer flowering plants, as the mulch offers a strong contrast to the foliage.
HOW DEEP SHOULD I MULCH?
Mulch should be applied to a depth of 100mm. This will provide an effective weed suppressing layer and maximise moisture retention. Should you wish to apply less than 100mm we recommend using WeedMat prior to mulching. WeedMat is porous so that air and water can move into and out if the soil while still managing to hinder weed growth.
HOW LONG WILL MULCH LAST?
Mulches vary in lifespan from approximately 12 months in the case of leaf mulch, to approximately 3 years in the case of woodchip. These figures assume that 100mm depth of mulch is applied. All mulches will go grey or silver with time, sometimes quicker than thought depending on weather conditions and if in full sun or not.
WHAT MULCH SUITS NATIVE GARDENS?
We recommend our Forest Litter for use in native gardens, their natural colour suiting native plants. The choice though relates to personal preference.
I NEED SOME MULCH FOR MY EXOTIC GARDEN, WHAT SHOULD I USE?
The choice of mulch for exotic gardens depends on the colours and textures that suit the house and garden. While personal preferences plays an important role we advise our customers that mulches vary in terms of how long they last. This is often an important factor in the purchase.
AS MULCH BREAKS DOWN DOES IT TAKE NUTRIENTS FROM THE SOIL?
As mulch decomposes some nutrients will be lost from the soil and consumed by the soil mirco flora. To compensate for this we recommend the application of fertilizer- eg manure, prior to mulching.
IS ANY MULCH TERMITE REPELLENT?
Cypress Pine is thought to be termite repellent; however no guarantees can be given that termites will not be found in any mulch. We advise customers to be careful when mulching close to external walls of houses and buildings and to regularly check the perimeter for termites.
WHAT SHOULD I USE UNDER PLAY EQUIPMENT?
Playground mulch (Softfall) is a mulch which is certified to an Australian Standard, which we recommend for use beneath playground equipment.
WHAT IS COLOURED MULCH MADE FROM?
WSC colour-enhanced range of mulches is manufactured from a blend of recycled wood chips, and is coloured using non-toxic colorant. Once dry the colorant is colour fast, and will hold its colour for a minimum of 12-18 months. We recommend that after a period of 3-6 months, the mulch be raked over to bring deeper layers of mulch to the surface. This will help lengthen the brightness and lifespan of the product.
IS THE COLORANT TOXIC?
No, the colorant is non- toxic to people, animals and plants.
CAN I UNLOAD COLOURED CHIP ONTO MY DRIVEWAY?
It is important that no mulch should be unloaded directly onto driveways or other surfaces without a tarp or protective mat. All mulches are organic in nature and will potentially leach tannins or other organic substances that may stain concrete.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO THE GARDEN BEFORE I MULCH?
The objective of mulching is to stop weeds, hold water and not have to do it again too often. Before you apply mulch it is important to make sure that the soil is healthy, has adequate compost and organic matter, and that there is enough fertiliser available for the plants to grow.
Before mulching, add some fertiliser, manure works well, and water the garden well. This watering is important because it ensures that the soil won’t be hydrophobic.
When garden soil is too dry, water runs straight off (it’s hydrophobic) and you may need to add some wetting agents to overcome this.
Note: Sizes and pictures are an indication only. Mulch products are not an exact size product. When a size is listed as 20mm etc. This is an indication only. There will be variations to that size as the product is screened and not measured as an exact size. If you are not sure of the product colour or size please come in and have a look at the product prior to ordering.