The usage of ornamental bark chippings is a budget and maintenance-friendly way to cover unattractive soil. They are good for many uses within the garden and larger landscape projects, like a decorative finish to borders, flower beds and other planted areas. The bark chips can also be used as a border bark mulch covering, offering protection from frost and helping to retain moisture. Have a look at our online assortment or visit our Garden Centre.
What are bark chippings?
Bark chips are made from, you guessed it, the bark of a tree. They differ from wood chips in their more decorative function. Bark chippings are best suited for landscaping projects where budget is key, but there is also the need for a decorative product. Yet, bark chips don't just look attractive, they also act as a mulch that suppresses garden weeds, helps to retain soil moisture and during extreme temperatures, it will help to protect plant roots from frost. As the soft bark chips slowely decompose, they re-vitalise the soil structure, permeability, bioactivity, and nutrient availability which are all important for maintaining healthy plants. Bark can be applied at any time of year, as long as the soil is moist. A layer of ornamental bark should be at least 5 centimetres thick to reduce unnecessary evaporation from the soil surface.
3 Reasons for using bark
As you know, organic mulch is often used in gardens to help plants grow healthy and strong. Wood chips made from softwood and hardwood trees are a popular option. But wood chips can be used for many different other purposes. They are cost-effective and versatile, and they offer a variety of benefits. We will tell you all about these versatile chips.
- 1. Wood chips make a practical ground cover
In gardens, in parks, in chicken runs, on playgrounds, on walking paths, and around shrubs, wood chips are an excellent ground cover. A layer of this organic matter is great for all kinds of soil organisms, such as worms and lice and bacteria and fungi. As a result, you get more humus in the soil, ensuring that the structure improves. It helps the soil retain the nutrients it needs. This makes your soil more fertile and decreases how often you need to fertilize and water your garden. This, of course, is excellent news for you ánd your plants.
- 2. Wood chips are aesthetically pleasing to the eye
Wood chips also take your outdoor space to a more aesthetically exciting level. This will unify the look of your garden, but it can also help increase the value of your property. It's essential to keep in mind that not all plants, trees and flowers thrive when the ground is covered with wood chips. For example, vegetable gardens or other places where you grow fruit and vegetables are way happier with a cocoa shells blanket. Still, planning on using wood chips? Add nitrogen fertilizers to replace the nitrogen depletion caused by bacterial action. Combined with the calming scent of forest trees, wood chips give your garden a remarkable boost in terms of look and smell.
Did you know… Wood chips are a perfect surface for playground equipment, such as swings and climbing frames? The wood chips provide a relatively soft surface so that children are less likely to be injured in a fall.
- 3. Bye-bye weeds!
In addition to improving soil quality, using wood chips as mulch also minimizes how often you have to remove weeds. Wood chips and tree bark are forms of ground cover that do a great job of preventing weeds from growing. First of all, they ensure that little sunlight can penetrate down to the soil. An additional advantage of wood chips is that they weaken the roots of the weeds, which makes it easier to remove them.