For most gardeners the never ending activities that make up the hobby, which sometimes may seem relentless, are all part and parcel of the doing the thing they love. There are many materials such as gardening bark and other techniques that can make the whole process a lot more efficient however.
Gardeners are highly adaptive creatures who when they are able will use anything that could give benefit to them including gardening bark. Many of the physically demanding but repetitive tasks that gardeners face can often be reduced in time and effort. Weeding is an example of the worst kind of gardening job, that most gardeners would perhaps wish they didn’t have to carry out. Likewise, having to do the watering during the hot summer months can be relentless and hard work. Watering however is one area of gardening in which alternative solutions have been found to help reduce time and effort of the gardener.
Gardening bark helps the gardener perform a whole host of tasks around the garden and is therefore much adored.
The first great use of gardening bark is that it helps reduce the amount of weeding required. Weeds are prevented from growing when a layer of two or three inches of gardening bark is spread across the whole bed or border – sunlight is stopped from getting to the weeds and encouraging them to grow. Once weeding of the bed or border has taken place, it is then possible to completely prevent weeds growing in the future with the use of gardening bark.
Secondly, gardening bark also helps retain moisture, so that once a bed or border has been watered the requirement to water the area again should not occur for a little longer than if no bark was used.
Finally gardening bark helps to protect the roots of plants throughout heavy winters and severe frosts. It is because a layer of bark helps keep in warm air whilst preventing cold getting into the soil.
Other types of mulch are also available to gardeners, like plastic sheeting and hay. Those that choose gardening bark do so not only for its excellent properties like water retention, but also because it has the benefit of looking great. On the market today, there are a number of ornamental barks available for gardeners to use for their beds and borders.