In order to recycle the unwanted parts of a tree from a pruning or tree-removal job, we grind it up into mulch. Mulch is a fantastic product for your garden which helps to prevent weed growth and retain moisture. We highly recommend that you keep this valuable resource and use it on your garden.

Sometimes, however, there is more mulch that the property owner can use or store. In these cases, the general public have an opportunity to take advantage of the most natural weed retardant money can buy, at a much lesser cost than buying bags or trailer loads from garden centres. Arborists often advertise on Facebook and Gumtree when and where loads of mulch will be available, and offer delivery at a reduced price to help defray costs. They may also take requests through their website or via email or phone.

The benefits of using mulch in your garden are plentiful. There are many kinds of mulch – each serve a purpose. For example, stones may be used between paved areas to stop weed growth, however they would rarely be the choice in a garden bed. Bark mulch covers the soil helping to prevent weed growth, while also protecting the soil from the sun’s harsh drying effects. Bark mulch is organic so it eventually breaks down, adding nutrients to the soil. Bark and leaf mulch, the combination produced after tree pruning or lopping, is also organic and adds even more nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Because it breaks down more quickly than purely bark mulch, it will need to be re-applied more regularly, but the benefit to your garden is worth the time and effort.

When enquiring about mulch from arborists, it would be wise to ask about the type of trees or vegetation which form the basis of this load of mulch. This will give you the opportunity to investigate its suitability to your particular situation. We are always happy to discuss your preferred mulch option, and accommodate wherever possible.

Mulch supplied through arborists may contain a larger proportion of leaves to bark, or vice versa. Generally speaking, the smaller the pieces (leaf mulch), the more quickly it will decompose. This provides good fertilisation for your garden, but the soil protection component is short lived. Remember, either way, the arborist is doing you a favour!