Decorative mulch is most often understood as wood chips or shavings, painted in different colors. In industry, a special apparatus is used for dyeing wood waste – a colorizer. At home, you can simply use an aqueous solution of the purchased color to dye wood chips. Some gardeners use, for example, beet juice, potassium permanganate, decoction of onion peels or green herbs to give bright shades to wood chips..
The scope of application of decorative wood chips is very large: garden paths, flower beds, the allocation of individual areas of the garden, front gardens. Organic mulch has a lot of advantages, because it retains moisture in the soil, does not allow weeds to germinate, and protects plants from pests such as slugs.
Decorative filling allows you to create a variety of geometric patterns, to show imagination. It is convenient that no basis for such mulch is needed, it is simply poured onto the ground, without an airtight substrate.
Decorative chips, painted in an industrial environment, are more resistant to external influences. It does not fade in the sun. The decorative chips created at home will have to be updated annually, because after winter this garden decoration may fade somewhat and lose its original appearance..
Wood chips are an organic product and do not harm people, plants or animals. On the contrary, wood waste can saturate the soil with useful substances. You can update the layer of decorative mulch without removing the previous one, that is, just add wood chips and trim it.
Decorative mulch well protects the root system of plants from frost, while allowing the roots to receive oxygen. The fertile soil layer is also covered, it is not blown out by the wind and is not washed away by heavy rains.
To check the quality of decorative wood mulch, just hold it in your hands and dip it into the water. Chips should not stain hands, and after exposure to moisture, they should not lose their bright shade. Otherwise, the backfill will not last long, losing color after each rain.
The thickness of the decorative organic backfill layer should be at least five centimeters. The soil should be weeded, loosened and leveled before laying the mulch layer. It is advisable to enclose the area to be decorated with a border, for example, as in this bright flower bed, so that the dumping does not creep.
It is pleasant to walk on wood chips even barefoot, it is a safe and pleasant to the touch material. It is thanks to these properties that decorative organic mulch can be used when decorating playgrounds on the site.
This is already an inorganic decorative filling – colored gravel. It is a more durable material for decorating a garden area, but it has several disadvantages. Updating the decor will be more difficult, as well as removing snow or leaves in this area. In addition, you need more gravel per square meter than wood chips..
For decorative backfilling, you can even use unpainted gravel, ordinary sand or gravel. Curved curbs create whimsical shapes, and dumping in various natural shades will help organize a real stone garden.
A bag of decorative wood chips with a volume of 60-70 liters will cost from 250 rubles. Decorative gravel and crushed stone are usually sold in kilograms – from 22 rubles. Considering the fact that more decorative stone is required to decorate the flower bed, as a result, chips turn out to be a cheaper option..