THERE’S a lot of great reasons to mulch your garden.

One, it’s a look-good quick-fix. Throw some mulch down and suddenly your gardens have shape, your yard looks loved for, it is clean and tidy.

Take this before and after for example:

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See how good the garden looks after the mulch was applied?

But two, there are a lot of benefits to mulching your yard. Benefits such as reducing how much water evaporates from the soil, stopping weeds from popping up and providing nutrients to plants.

In this article, we look at the different types of mulch available and what you might use for your yard and why.

1. Compost

For vegetable beds, around fruiting shrubs and trees or even ornamental plants, compost is your go-to mulch.

Made up of decomposed organic material like leaves, twigs, kitchen scraps and lawn clippings, compost is one of the most expensive forms of mulch (unless you have a compost bin) but it is also one of the most beneficial.

It has many benefits: from adding humus and other needed nutrients to the soil to providing consistent moisture, controlling evaporation and insulating the soil.

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2. Sugar cane mulch

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In Mackay, we should know all about sugar cane but how much do you know about sugar cane mulch?

Sugar cane mulch is a by-product of the dried leaves and tops of sugar cane and is often sold in bales.

It is one of the more affordable mulches on the market and easy to handle and apply.

However, it does break down quickly, which is good for the soil as it encourages organisms, but it does mean it needs topping up regularly.

And if you have chickens, they love nothing more than helping you to spread your sugar cane mulch – just not in the places you want it spread.

Apply to vegetable beds, garden beds, trees – anywhere you want to retain moisture.

3. Woodchips and bark

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If you’re looking for a mulch that has a lot and long visual appeal, then woodchips and bark are the mulch for you.

Taking a long time to break down makes barks and chips an economical choice as they are often an apply once not often mulch.

They are best in established garden beds or around trees that don’t require soil improvement as woodchips particularly don’t provide any benefit to the soil, in fact, they can cause nitrogen deficiency (causing leaves to turn yellow).

Not sure which mulch you need? Give our team a call. We can help you choose the right mulch for your yard and even apply it, giving you a yard you please pleased as mulch about.

Call Budget Guys today on (07) 4957 5561.