You may think that wood bark, humble as it is, isn’t deserving of much of your attention. But actually, it’s pretty darn useful stuff. In fact, it’s worth chipping in that this versatile raw material has been used for centuries in textiles and even medicine (it’s true – we’re not barking mad!). Of course, we’re going to stick to what we know – the gardening and landscaping applications for wood bark. And to kick off, we’re going to focus on wood barks’ number one use (in our opinion!) – it’s amazing qualities as mulch.
Number one use: Wood Bark Mulch
When used as mulch, wood bark helps to prevent erosion, suppress weed growth, and moderate soil temperature, protecting plant roots from extremities of summer and winter. Of course it’s best known for regulating moisture levels in soil – in fact it can reduce the need for irrigation by as much as 50%, making it a particularly useful gardening aid in dry climates or where water usage is restricted. This is because the wood bark layer allows water to drain through, so that it reaches the soil and plant roots, but prevents a significant amount of the water from evaporating from the surface.
Even better, it’s incredibly slow to decompose*, which means that the benefits it offers will last for longer than with other products such as leaf mould or compost mulches – several years in fact. The upshot is that you really do get your money’s worth with wood bark mulch.
How to get mulching
The general rule for where to use wood bark as mulch is that it’s of most benefit to areas that you don’t want to have to maintain too often – so in and around trees and shrubs is ideal.
Using wood bark as mulch is incredibly easy. Simply remove all vegetation around the area you want to mulch – a 4-6 inch border or radius from the base of the tree or shrub is perfect. Then turn the soil before mixing the wood bark in. It’s generally better to distribute the bark generously, but the maximum depth should be around 4 inches.
*Tip: Wood barks’ slow decomposition means that it should be installed in areas where moisture levels are fairly normal rather than ground that is already very wet, as this could cause excessive water retention.
In our next article, we’ll be looking into different (somewhat more creative) uses for bark mulch in the garden and in the home, so check back with us very soon!
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