Benefits of Using Mulch in your Garden

Should you bother with mulching? It might seem like including mulch in your garden routine might just be adding to your workload. But we think mulch should be an essential element for all avid gardeners to help keep their plants thriving.  

A large part of maintaining a healthy garden comes down the right type and the correct quantity of mulch. We pride ourselves on being one of the best mulch suppliers in Perth due to our locally sourced mulch and our low price point.  

We’ve compiled a list of the benefits of using mulch in your garden, give it a go and see for yourself!   

What is mulch? 

Mulch is the top layer on your garden bed and anything you use to cover the surface of the soil in your garden. Mulch is a combination of soils and materials that protect and provide nutrients for soil and plant growth.  

Benefits of using mulch in your garden 

Soil Temperature 

One reason why we love mulch is that it maintains an even soil temperature. Dark mulches warm the soil whilst light mulches keep it cool, so it is essential to choose the right mulch for your specific plant’s needs.  

Weed Control  

Like most gardeners, you must hate it when a weed infestation runs through your garden. It feels like weeds are popping up all over the place! If you put in the extra effort in your garden to use mulch, one of the rewards you will reap is having less weeds. Mulch does this by blocking out more sunlight, giving the weeds less chance to grow and saving you more time in the garden!  

Retains Moisture  

Mulch also works to keeps the moisture in and can reduce water evaporation from the soil by up to 70%. It acts like a blanket for your soil. Mulches are able to conserve water and reduce the need for irrigation.   

Maintains Nuterience Levels 

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to use mulch in your garden, mulch minimises nutrients shedding by shedding excessive rainfall. A massive benefit of mulch, depending on what type you choose, is it provides slow-release nutrients into your garden. Which means you can skip the fertiliser!  

Pest Control  

Did you know another benefit of mulch is pest control? Or rather, attracting insects which help the breakdown in the soil of your garden and repel other insects like mosquitoes, ants and moths which you don’t want around your garden. Could the benefits of using mulch in your backyard get any better?  

Plus it looks great too! Take a look at our extensive mulch range and have a chat with one of our friendly staff. We can help you find the right mulch fit for your garden needs!   

Landscaping with moss rock

Landscaping with moss rock

There are so many unique ways to revamp and revitalise the look of your home garden. But have you ever considered doing your landscaping with moss rock? Using moss rock will give your garden an eye-catching design that can be used for an array of home projects. Let’s learn some more about landscaping with moss rock. 

What are moss rocks?
Moss rock is any rock in a natural landscape that is partly or entirely above the ground level. These rocks get their name as they often have moss or lichens growing on their face. They usually have rounded edges, so they are easily identified from other stones. Many animals find shelters in and around moss rock, such as reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. 

Using moss rock to help nature
One of the main benefits to you choosing to use moss rock for your landscaping ventures is that you can help with the protection of wildlife in your area. As mentioned, many animals seek the rocks for shelter and protection, using the crevices to hide in. Helping nature while also creating a beautiful structure for your enjoyment gives you even more of a reason to start landscaping with moss rock. Moss rock suppliers can provide you with advice on the best moss rock for flora and fauna in your garden. 

Things to build with moss rock
There is a long list of ways moss rock can be used in your garden or landscaping project. Using them for a pond or waterfall structure is a great idea, one that is popular in many Japanese landscapes. Landscaping with moss rock not only creates a beautiful serene garden oasis but will be the perfect environment for Australian fauna to enjoy too. Another idea is to make the stones the most prominent feature in your garden and let the moss take over for a mystic feel. By having either a large feature stone in the centre of your garden or lots of them dispersed creates a luscious green scene. They also make great pathway liners and steps. 

Moss rock aquarium 
If you wanted to landscape moss rock in the home, you could try a moss rock aquarium. Although this could be one of the trickier methods of landscaping, or ‘aquascaping’, it is doable and very worth it. Many people worry if moss rock is safe for aquariums, but when done right, it is safe and will thrive. Java moss is one of the easiest aquarium plants to grow. It has low water quality and lighting requirements, so it is one of the easiest to maintain. Once you produce the moss, you can make it cover the rocks, walls, or filters of your tank. 

Moss rock retaining walls
A popular project is to create a moss rock retaining wall in your garden space. By asking suppliers and choosing the best moss rock for sale for your selected task, you can make the perfect look for your garden. Moss rocks come in a range of shapes and sizes to fit your desired look. The moss will grow in and up your moss rock retaining wall, creating a dark, natural and luscious perimeter for your garden oasis. 

If one of these projects is calling your name, why not give us a call on (08) 9274 6244 and one of our team members can give you some more information about what moss rocks we offer. Or if you are ready to make a start, head over to our website and get a quote for your moss rock project. 

Creative landscaping ideas

Creativity lives inside all of us. A lot of the time we are too scared to let it out or we’re afraid that other people may not like the result. Your garden belongs to you, and it’s about time you get your creative juices flowing and make it stand out from the crowd. Of course, your outdoor areas can look beautiful with just the usual soil, plants and water features but why not think out of the box and create a memorable space?

Lights

Outdoor lighting can go beyond usual spotlights on display features. Why not try some colourful lighting such as green or blue? This attracts so much attention and does a great job of showcasing dark areas of your garden. Use green lights to highlight your plants and trees, and the blue lights to highlight water features – this will add extra oomph!

Wall paintings

If your home is surrounded by a wall, why not add some beautiful artwork to it. You can paint murals directly on the walls or even add canvas paintings. Who says artwork should remain indoors? Just remember to treat the paintings accordingly to avoid any weather damage. This is a great way to show off your stylish taste or it can be a fun activity for you and your kids.

Fence decorations

A metal fence can be quite dreary, especially when your garden is basic. Have you ever thought about adding some wall art?  Try using little butterflies or other common garden animals to create a masterpiece for onlookers to admire. To protect wall art from the elements spray with clear gloss, to prevent rusting and fading.

Pathway patterns

Remember how much fun you had as a kid jumping on giant feet that made up a pathway? We’re not saying you should go out and buy giant stone feet, you can work with what you have, or purchase pavers and stones to create your own unique pathway. Place them in interesting positions to make a unique pattern. Adults and kids alike will enjoy navigating the pathway and it will look awesome!

Interesting shrub shapes

Edward Scissorhands’ garden was the pinnacle of fascinating outdoor shrubbery designs. You don’t have to have shrubs and bushes shaped as elephants or angels, but you can try some basic shapes like circles, rectangles or mini squares.

Hanging charms

If you have trees or hanging plants in your garden, you could add pretty hanging charms off them. Try getting charms that are made from glass because when the sun shines, you’ll experience a show of beautiful dancing lights that reflects off the walls and water.

The 10 Best Garden Crops to Plant This Summer

Get vertical! Grow these crops for hearty fall harvests!

People recognize the space-saving advantages of growing vegetables vertically up garden netting or a trellis, and they are surprised at the number of varieties that can be used to create a vertical garden.
Here is my list of 10 favorites—and the reason I turn to them—for crops you’ll harvest in the fall:#1. ‘Sugar Snap’ Peas.#2. Cucumber ‘Orient Express.’

#3. ‘Lazy Wife’ Pole Beans.
 
#4. ‘Doctor Martin’s’ Pole Lima Bean.

#5. ‘Vegetable Spaghetti’ Squash.

#6. ‘Malabar’ Heat-Resistant Climbing Spinach.

#7. ‘Better Boy’ Tomato.

#8. ‘Sungold’ Cherry Tomato.

#9. ‘Trombone’ Zucchini.

#10. ‘Charentais.’ Melon

This story was taken from Rodale Organic Life – to read all about the details, tips and harvest inforamtion click here

Crushed Limestone Uses & Benefits

Of all the naturally forming rocks in this world, there is perhaps none that is as versatile as limestone  – especially when it’s been crushed and screened.

It’s really no wonder, then, that so many contractors throughout a wide range of industries are interested in picking up crushed limestone to complete their various projects.

But what is it that makes crushed limestone so special, and are you even taking full advantage of all that the material has to offer?

For inspiration on how you can get the most out of pulverized limestone, consider the many practical uses and benefits that it has to offer.

Story originally taken from Braenstone. To read the full story click here