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Creative Mulching Ideas: Beyond the Basics for a Thriving Garden

26 January, 2024
Creative Mulching Ideas: Beyond the Basics for a Thriving Garden

Mulching is a process most garden lovers get stuck into several times a year. It is an essential component of a well-maintained garden, and it can benefit it in a range of different ways from improving the aesthetics to boosting water retention, minimising weed growth and temperature management. However, you might be bored with the traditional approach and be looking for more creative mulch garden ideas, and we’re exploring this in more depth below.

What is the best practice for mulching?

All gardeners have their own preferred ways of using garden mulch but if you’re not sure, there are some basic tips to follow. Mulching will help to save water, suppress weeds and improve the soil around your plants. It can also add a neat and tidy aesthetic that many gardeners look for.

Depending on your choice of mulch, you may want to begin by laying a garden membrane. This helps to minimise weed growth but still allows your plants the chance to thrive. Put down a permeable membrane with holes cut for your plants and then lay your choice of mulch over the top. This helps ensure your plants can grow but weeds are minimised. With an understanding of how to properly use mulch, let’s consider some more creative mulch garden ideas.

A Mulch Pathway

Traditionally your garden pathways may be gravel or stones, but they don’t have to be. A mulch pathway can look fantastic, and you can opt for a type of mulch which coordinates perfectly with your garden design. Mulch comes in many different types, and you can choose a style which works with your garden’s décor. You can easily use mulch to create a path through your garden, with the occasional stepping stone or decorative addition to bring it to life.

Creative Mulching Around Your Trees

Mulch is commonly used to create borders and barriers around your plants and trees, usually in a simple circle. You can get creative with this commonplace task by experimenting with different shapes and designs. Changing it up from traditional circles or straight edges can bring something different to your garden and help it stand out.

Mulching your Raised Beds

If you are planning to add raised garden beds or already have some, then adding mulch can help them spring to life and thrive. Adding mulch to raised beds both elevates their appearance and improves their growth potential thanks to improved drainage. Mulch also gives your garden a neat, orderly look and you can simply add a layer of mulch above your soil and compost.

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