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Choosing a safe mulch for your yard

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Choosing a Safe Mulch for your Yard

Choosing a safe mulch for your yard has never been easier than with these tips from the manager of Cypress Mulch, Blair Granger. In this article, Blair highlights some of the things to look out for before you make a purchase so you can ensure your family, your pets and the environment are safe. Cypress Mulch has been operating for 22 years now and is one of our most trusted suppliers. They pride themselves on their safety first approach, not only around their staff and their wellbeing, but on their production sites too. This commitment to safety extends wholeheartedly to their products and aligns with our very own emphasis on safety. “One of the reasons we use Cypress timber to make mulch from is that this timber does not require any chemical treatments (CCA) and our coloured Cypress Mulches are dyed using natural colourants like iron oxide minerals ensuring that our products are safe to use.” says Blair.

So, if you are in the market to buy some mulch Blair gives a breakdown of what to look out for to ensure you are making a safe choice. You might be thinking, ‘I thought all mulch was safe?’ read on to find out why that isn’t always the case:

When shopping for a mulch, what should customers look out for?

If your garden is located anywhere near a timber framed structure like your house, fence line or garage we recommend using a cypress based mulch for its termite resistance. A good garden mulch needs the right balance of fine material for weed suppression and water retention along with larger particle size pieces to keep the mulch open allowing air and water to penetrate.

What are some things to avoid?

You should avoid buying a garden mulch made from materials like recycled timber pallets (which can contain CCA timber treatment) or recycled green waste as these mulches can contain contaminates and weed seed. A simple suggestion is to ask your landscape supplier what material the mulch is made from and avoid anything that has not come from a sustainably controlled environment.


Are there any tips you can give for applying mulch?

It is important to spread all mulch 70-100mm thick but even more so if using a coloured mulch as its colour will fade over time due to sun bleaching or washout. Having mulch at 100mm depth gives you the opportunity to turn it over and refresh your garden without needing to top up your mulch.

What is the difference between red cypress mulch and dyed red woodchip?

Both our Cypress Red and Cypress Black Mulches are guaranteed to be made from 100% cypress timber where as the dyed woodchip can be made from various timbers including recycled treated pallets. Woodchip is easily blown out of garden beds during storms and can float away during heavy rain. Mulches bed down and stay in place due to the balance of fine and coarse material.

What is it about cypress timber that makes it a great base for mulch?

It’s the natural oils in cypress timber that make it termite resistant but it also takes longer to break down meaning that the mulch lasts longer whilst offering a slow release carbon source for your soil.

What are some of the trends in mulch you have seen emerging over the last year?

We are starting to see our Cypress Black Mulch catch the Cypress Red in popularity as it offers an even greater contrast against plants. Landscape Architects are specifying our coloured mulches for high end residential and commercial projects every day now and I let them tell me what’s on point but the natural colour of our other Cypress Mulches like Cypress Blend will always be a popular choice for gardeners wanting a natural look.

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