- Prepare the area well by removing any grass, weeds and dead plants from the garden;
- Plant new plants before applying the mulch layer;
- Good mulching times are in mid spring or early summer (now is ideal);
- If you are going to install a drip watering system, this should be done before the mulch is applied;
- Do not pile mulch up against the stems and trunks of plants – this will encourage rot and perhaps the death of the plants;
- If you are wanting to mulch Australian Native plants as a general rule these plants do not like nitrogen so an inorganic mulch might be best for this application. Rainforest plants are the exception of course, as they enjoy deep green organic material.
Don’t really have one……… there are positive reasons for mulching including weed suppression, appearance, moisture retention and by the same token there are reasons for not mulching too – cost, work involved, imbalance of nutrients. So I guess it is really up to the individual and the garden itself.
There are many different mulches available from your local nursery or landscape supplier – Cypress chip/mulch, Hardwood chip/fines, Native Mulch, Pinebark (various sizes), Pine Sawdust, Red Diamond Chips, Tea Tree Mulch, Uni Mulch and lots and lots of Aggregate – river pebbles, gravels, volcanic rock etc.
My advice would be to have a good think about where you are going to mulch, what plants will be growing there, how much $ you’ve got to spend and what is practical for you to apply – not much point getting a tip truck full of heavy aggregate if you’ve a dodgy back.
If you are preparing your garden for the competition it would be best to get the mulching done now (if you haven’t already done it) rather than the days leading up to judging time. It settles well into your landscape and doesn’t have that ‘instant’ covering up look.