Tree harvested mulch – Tea Tree
Tree Harvested Mulches… are derived by tree clearing from developments for housing, train lines and roads etc. and as a result the felled trees can be recycled into useful sustainable mulch. They include mulches like Green Harvest, Hardwood Chip, Forest Mulch Ground Cover and Scrub Mulch. The quality of these can vary quite a lot with Green Harvest being the most popular and was originally used in the Roma Street Gardens but now I understand they are using a similar natural mulch clippings coming from their now extensive gardens. Well worth a visit!
Tea Tree Mulch is also extremely popular with a nice natural fragrance and texture that looks rich on the garden and is easy to spread around plants and trees.
Sugar Cane and Lucerne Mulch that come packed in bales… These are not my favourites as they are expensive for what you are getting, decay quickly which itself can be good according to some experts and generally look terrible in my opinion but can be good on veggie patches. It is claimed that they add nitrogen to the top soil but in my humble opinion I have found that hard to swallow as the stuff generally sits high up on the soil until it breaks down becoming a compost which is indeed good for the top soil. But most of us, unless we are veggie gardeners want the mulch to do as we expect ,inhibit moisture loss and weeds, prevent erosion and look good. Yes, look good! I don’t think these particular mulches look good at all.
Next time we will discuss just How and When to Mulch. This is important as many novice gardeners do not know and want to do the right thing and not kill their plants!
More Information About Mulch…
For more information on Mulch in the Garden go to the ABC’s, Gardening Australia programmes…just click below.
- Series 22 Episode 37 by Angus Stewart
- Series 20 Episode 24 by Colin Campbell who have just passed away after a life dedicated to helping us all with our gardens by his presentation through many media including TV prolific writing on the topic.
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