What Is Mulching and How to Do It?

28 February 2024 by
Harley Thompson

Understanding the Process of Mulching

Mulching, a crucial gardening practice, involves covering the soil with a layer of material, typically organic, such as bark, wood chips, leaves, or other plant-based products. This technique offers numerous benefits for both the garden and the environment.

How to Mulch

1: Choose the Right Mulch

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2: Prepare the Area

Clear the area of weeds and debris before applying mulch.

3: Apply Evenly

  1. Spread the mulch evenly, avoiding direct contact with plant stems and tree trunks.

4: Maintain Proper Depth

Aim for a layer between 50-100mm thick to effectively suppress weeds, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature. 

Benefits of Mulching

1:  Moisture Preservation

Mulch reduces water evaporation from the soil, maintaining moisture levels and reducing the need for frequent watering.

2:  Weed Control

It suppresses weed growth, saving time and effort in garden maintenance.

3:  Soil Health Improvement

Organic mulches decompose over time, enriching the soil with nutrients and improving its structure.

4:  Temperature Regulation

Mulch acts as an insulator, keeping the soil warm in winter and cool in summer.

5:  Aesthetic Appeal

A well-mulched garden looks tidy and cared for, enhancing its overall appearance.

For greater information on the benefits of mulch read our new article ‚ÄėMulch Benefits: A Garden's Secret Weapon‚Äô

Types of Mulch

  • Organic Mulches: Include wood chips, bark, leaves, and compost. These materials decompose, adding nutrients to the soil.
  • Inorganic Mulches: Such as stones or rubber, do not decompose but can be aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance.

What is Mulch

Mulch is a material, often organic, used to cover the soil surface. It plays a vital role in maintaining soil health, conserving moisture, and improving garden aesthetics. At Daisy's Garden Supplies, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, we understand the profound impact that quality mulch can have on your garden's health and aesthetics. Our journey in Melbourne, Geelong, and beyond has equipped us with unparalleled expertise in selecting and providing the finest mulches for every type of garden.

About the Authors

Harley Thompson

Harley is a second-generation journalist with a passion for gardening and a keen eye for detail.  Currently studying a double degree of Commerce and International relations at Monash University, Harley loves learning new things. He specialises in creating engaging content about garden advice, using experience in store, with our team and customers. His writing blends his academic knowledge with practical experience, offering informative and inspiring articles.   

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg Fitzgerald is a qualified horticulturalist with more than 30 years in the industry and 16 years at Daisy's Garden Supplies. He manages production and procurement for all our products, ensuring high-quality gardens and landscapes for our customers. His vast experience and qualification in horticulture make him a key asset to Daisy's. He offers valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge in terms of mulches, soils, pebbles and rocks, composts and many other products.