If you have ever taken care of plants, you probably know how TLC they need. To keep your plants and soil healthy and thriving you need to apply a layer of mulch. When properly selected and correctly applied, mulch provides many benefits for plants. Wood chip mulch is one of the best choices for this purpose. Just take a look at the trees growing in the forest and you can spot chipped wood mulch on their bottom.
Wood chip mulch, especially pine bark and eucalyptus mulch, is the best option for native plants as they promote microorganism activity and enhance nutrients in the soil. As they decompose, they release nutrients into the soil, boosting the health of your plants. According to Australian arborists, wood chip mulch helps stop weed growth and provides superior water penetration. It also helps with moisture retention and stabilizes the soil’s temperature. All these qualities make wood chip mulch, such as pine bark and eucalyptus mulch, ideal for supporting the health of native trees, shrubs and flowers.
Soil Moisture Retention
The most common problem of outdoor plants is lack of moisture retention in the soil. During the hot and dry days (which are very common in Australia), lots of water evaporates from the surface. Adding wood chips to your garden will prevent the loss the excess water from the soil. This means your plants will be able to consume more water even during the hot days.
A Mulch That Breaks Down With Time
Although rubber and synthetic mulches break down very slowly, they don’t really contribute to the health of the soil. Wood chip mulch, on the other hand, breaks down over the years naturally, adding essential elements to your garden.
Wood chips of pine cedar and cypress work best to repel pests. They quickly reduce the flea population that may affect your garden. You can also use wood chips to effectively eliminate ticks and gnats from your garden and home as well. It’s important to remember not to place mulch close to your home structure as there is a danger of a fire hazard. Many people wonder does eucalyptus mulch keep bugs away. Research shows that eucalyptus mulch does help reduce insects, especially termite activity.
A 5-10 centimetres thick layer of wood chips also helps prevent the growth of weeds in your garden as there will be less sunlight to the unwanted plants. If you have shrubs in your garden, these could greatly benefit from the addition of wood chip mulch. Just make sure you add the wood chips at the right time as placing them too early can hinder seeds from properly germinating.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of using wood chips in your garden is their flexibility to be used in a variety of ways. For instance, you can use them as mulch around the base for trees or shrubs, as a cover to temporarily control erosion, or as a subtract for mushroom cultivation. In fact, euca mulch is especially beneficial for growing mushrooms – it boosts their colour, texture, and flavour.
Where to Buy Wood Chip Mulch?
You may have heard that you shouldn’t use the kind of mulch made of fallen trees because it may transmit diseases or insects to your garden. Although there is a risk that could happen, there are still some things you can do to ensure you benefit from this kind of mulch. One of them is asking which woods were chopped for the mulch and whether pesticides have been used on them to make sure what you get is safe to use on your plants. Generally, wood chip mulch provided by tree removal companies is made from storm-fallen trees or trees that have hindered power lines.
What about bugs, you may ask? The majority of insects won’t survive the chipping and shredding process, so you don’t have to worry much about that. Termites are also unlike to tag along in wood chip mulch – they tend to prefer old lumber and railroad ties over wood chip mulch. Keep the mulch at least 15 centimetres away from your house or your garden shed if you have one, just to make sure insects won’t wander.
When to Mulch Your Garden?
You can add organic mulch to your garden any time of the year to improve water retention, restrict the growth of weeds and add valuable nutrients to your soil. However, in Australia, probably the best time to mulch is in early spring and early to mid-summer. Before mulching, make sure to clean your garden from weed.
Having a small backyard may seem like a challenge if you want to build a shed where you’ll put your lawnmower, gardening tools, and similar. However, in the world of today, narrow spaces are not that hard to plan and put to good use thanks to the large variety of innovative products available on the market. Your safest bet? Buying a narrow garden shed.Read More
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Now that living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller, with cities growing bigger and being more densely populated, it’s certainly considered a blessing to be living in a house with sufficient amount of outdoor space; within Australia, think of Melbourne and Sydney, for example, as some of the more crowded cities.
Even if your house and yard aren’t as big as you want them to be, you could still make the most out of them with one simple addition: a shed. What’s great about making an investment of this kind is that you have the chance to choose from a wide range of options in terms of materials, design, colour and size. So, if, for instance, you don’t like a bulky design made of wood or plastic in grey colour, you can always opt for a compact 3×3 meter shed made of sturdy stainless steel in green, beige or brown.
Since there are plenty of options on the market, you can easily find the right shed that suits your taste and budget. Plus, there is a range of different environmentally-friendly designs, like eco sheds made of high-tensile steel that has a low environmental impact. For those who don’t mind DIY projects, sheds with the SNAPTiTe system are a great choice as they are very easy to install. Now, let’s look at the reasons why welcoming a shed into your garden is a smart move.
The Ideal Storage Solution
When living in a small home, one thing is for sure – you need all the storage you can get. And that’s exactly what a shed provides. Any item that you don’t have space for at home or items that are scattered and used in your yard can be neatly stored in the shed, out of sight to passers-by and visitors.
It’s considerably easier to organize a 3×3 meter shed when compared with the indoor space of your home because you can add various types of shelves, pegboards or cubbies to sort out your belongings. This could also free up some valuable space in your home that your family can use – think of the basement and attic as extra rooms!
In terms of gardening, it’s needless to say that a garden shed can help make things easier since it can store the dangerous tools and chemicals, such as pliers, rakes and fertilizers. This way, they will be also stored and protected from the elements when not in use, which means you can easily find what you need, saving yourself a great deal of time.
A Multi-Functional Design
The shed doesn’t necessarily have to be meant for storage of your tools and belongings only. It can be whatever you want and need it to be. If you’ve ever felt like you could do with some more space, then it’s time to rejoice the addition of a shed. It can be used to create your own home gym so you can exercise on a daily basis, a playhouse for the kids where they can have fun making a mess without you getting mad about it, or a “man cave” and “she cave” where you can have the peace and quiet you require to meditate and curb the side effects of stress.
Moreover, when you grow tired of certain use of this unit, you could always transform it into something else; depending on its size, you could also make it your artwork atelier, a separate office where you can work in peace or even a place for outdoor entertainment if you love throwing parties. In other words, you’ve got all the freedom you want when it comes to using a garden shed.
An Increase in Home Value
Given that it’s such a multi-purpose piece, and offers tons of benefits, a garden shed can certainly increase the value of your home as well. Even if you aren’t planning on selling now, in case you ever decide to do so, the value of your home on the market would certainly increase thanks to the shed being such an asset.
A Design of Your Own
As I already made it clear, there are all sorts of shed designs you can choose from, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your role in finishing off the design you opt for. Other than deciding the colour of the 3m x 3m shed, for example, you can also count on the chance to have it personalized. This is possible thanks to some great accessories such as skylight sheets and sliding windows if you’re up for bringing more light and style, or timber flooring kits that work especially well with portable sheds in non-cyclonic areas.
Now that social distancing and staying at home are one of the main ways to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus, we’re starting to realize how important the furniture in our home is and the level of comfort it provides. While sure, aesthetics is also an important factor, it doesn’t really make much of a difference whether you’ll be powering through your 40-hour workweek sitting on a blue or beige sofa.
A couple of months ago I purchased a fancy day bed in a modern design with button diamond tufts which I intended to use in my home office mainly as a decorative piece. Little did I know that it would soon turn into an accent piece in my living room! Thanks to their hybrid design, daybeds are something between a sofa and a bed, so by getting one you get to reap the benefits of both. Here are some of them.
Flexibility – Given that it has a space-saving design, it didn’t take me long to start appreciating this furniture piece, as it’s easy to fit it in most rooms. This allows you to use it as whatever you want – a living room focal point, a guest room bed, a home office seat, kids’ bed, a nursery bed for that much-needed rest between nighttime feedings, or even as a hallway or a closet bench if you have a large closet.
If you have an outdoor area, you can use it also for relaxing in the fresh air, and it would do well on the deck too for those who don’t have that spacious of an area to count on. For people who want something fixed, there are those types of day bed models that can be custom-made and fitted as window seats; yes, there are daybeds for everyone’s taste!
Storage – Though not all of the daybed designs have it, those with a trundle section feature a storage compartment. Since mine came with a mattress, it depends on where and how I use it; the first month I used it in the hallway as a bench, then I had it in the office for a couple of days, and now it’s in the living room.
Since I had to prepare to work from home, I had to acquire more supplies than usual and found myself short on storage compartments in the kitchen. Thankfully, the daybed came to the rescue. In homes with two kids sleeping in a small kids’ room, it`s a much better solution than a bunk bed for parents who are after an alternative that’s still compact enough and can be used for storage even when serving as a twin bed.
Décor – For someone like myself who likes to play with décor, a day bed used as a sofa is the ideal decorating element considering there are various accessories you can transform it with: think cushions, throws, and slipcovers! Unlike a sofa, the seat is deep enough for you to splurge on cushions without cramming the area, and if you want to increase the comfort, just add a throw and you will get immediate cosiness and warmth. Since I want to make the most use of the cushions in terms of colour, I chose a contrast from the actual grey upholstery hue: magenta! The outcome is a vibrant piece of furniture that breaks the monotony of the otherwise whiteness of the room and goes well together with the maroon throw. For my next décor change, I might turn to crimson cushions for a more sophisticated effect.
What I like about the throw specifically is you can have fun placing it around the middle of the daybed mattress, folding and wrapping it over the frame, or draping it on one of its arms. As for the slipcovers, they are a trick up the sleeve when you want to give the whole daybed a makeover without actually changing the upholstery. They’re available in a variety of patterns so I already got three different covers I can experiment with. And oh, they’re the perfect layer of protection against stains and are a piece of cake for cleaning up and changing, which can’t be said about cleaning the bed itself.
What to Look for in a Daybed
You can find different daybeds suitable for different tastes, but to be sure you make the right choice it’s important to consider a few things. For starters, consider the size; thought not all, most day beds can be twin beds and there are even those that are full size so choose adequately what would most fit in your home.
In addition, consider the room that you want to place it in and whether its size is appropriate to fit in other rooms in case you want to move it in the future. To answer this, you’d also have to ponder on the purpose of the daybed and decide whether you want a trundle or not. Lastly, finish off by deciding on the style and materials that will best fit your décor.
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