One of the most versatile products for any garden is ornamental bark chips. They provide a quick, easy solution for many landscaping problems and can even be reused for alternative garden projects. Sourced only from managed coniferous forests, bark chips are completely sustainable and ecological. As a by-product of the timber industry, they are a perfect example of how valuable resources can be used efficiently. Bark chips help to restore the balance of a garden’s delicate eco-system, aiding conservation by encouraging the smaller forms of wildlife that blackbirds and robins love to look for. As a bonus, bark chips have the most wonderful aroma that will add a magical woodland atmosphere to any garden.
Dry, hot summers that deprive the soil of vital moisture can cause the death of many favourite plants. Applying bark chips as a mulch to beds and borders can help to retain moisture keeping plants healthy and lush. A thick two inch layer of bark chips will also prevent the germination of troublesome weeds effectively reducing the hours spent on garden maintenance. As the summer fades into the icy winds of winter, bark chips will add an insulating layer to the crowns and roots of perennials and shrubs. As a natural, organic product, bark chips slowly release nutrients into the soil providing an ecological alternative to chemical fertilisers. For best results, apply to soil that is thoroughly soaked.
Versatile bark chips can quickly create intricate pathways that will add a delightful rustic charm to garden designs. Applied as a deep layer of two inches, the bark can be used on gently sloping ground or used to make shallow steps by fixing wooden battens into the soil. For gardeners who dislike the permanency of hard landscaping, bark chips can be used to redesign different areas by simply scooping them up and relaying elsewhere. Their versatility is ideal for creating practical pathways within the vegetable patch.
Bark chips that are specially formulated for children’s play areas are of a much softer texture. A thick layer of play bark chips will create a safe, cushioned surface that helps to reduce the cuts and bruises of boisterous play. It is suitable for use beneath climbing frames, swings and slides, providing an ecological alternative to artificial grass. Resilient and durable, bark chips will provide excellent coverage for around four years and when playtime comes to an end, they can be reused in other areas of the garden.
In front gardens or formal beds around the entrances of businesses such as hotels, bark chips can be highly decorative. The dark, natural colours of the bark are the perfect foil for bright arrangements of bedding plants making entrances attractive and welcoming. And for those with busy schedules, bark chips are remarkably low maintenance. It can sometimes be difficult to decide how much ornamental bark is needed, but Greenvale, suppliers of high-quality garden products, have an indispensable online calculating tool.