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What are the differences between ornamental bark, bark mulch and wood chippings?
18th January 2021

What are the differences between ornamental bark, bark mulch and wood chippings?

There are a few differences between ornamental bark, bark mulch and wood chippings which will inform your decision as to which to use as a ground cover. Here we look at each so you can choose the best ground cover product for your needs.

 

Ornamental Bark

Ornamental bark is so-named as it has an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, coming as it does from the bark of conifer trees grown in the British Isles. It is not just a pretty face though as it still provides plenty of nutrients to soil.

The high quality ornamental bark product available through Springbridge is a medium-sized mulch, screened so the smallest pieces are about 1cm and the largest about 6cm. You can buy ornamental bark bulk bags that measure 75cm x 85cm x 95cm for larger areas, or the smaller mini bulk bags for topping up smaller areas.

 

Bark Mulch

Bark mulch is made entirely from tree bark and other similar organic plant matter, shredded for purpose as a garden mulch. It doubles as a ground covering and a bulk compost option as it can add plenty of vital nutrients to soil. As well as insulating plant roots against sudden temperature changes, another bonus that bark mulch provides soil is an improvement in moisture retention.

Bark mulch decomposes over time and this is how it adds plenty of nutrients to the soil. Mulch is also easier to mix with the likes of a 1 ton bag of sand to improve a soil’s drainage ability.

 

Wood Chippings

Wood chippings are not as good at supplying soil with nutrients as they do not degrade as quickly as bark mulch. They do provide some nutrients, so you should determine how much you want this ground cover mulch to help improve your soil before deciding whether to go for wood chippings or bark mulch.

The wood chippings you can buy in bulk through Springbridge consist of chopped-up pieces of wood from a downed tree, though the bulk product will often also contain some other tree detritus such as small bits of bark and leaves. The wood chips are larger and cleaner-looking pieces than found in the bark mulch and ornamental bark options, and thus make for a very attractive ground covering.

The larger size of the wood chippings means they do not retain moisture or insulate the soil as well as bark mulches, but their advantage over the bark mulches is that they are much hardier and will last much longer. This makes them an ideal ornamental ground covering for any areas subject to a lot of foot traffic.

 

If you are asking where you can find garden mulch near me or where can I buy wood chippings and bark mulch or even bulk compost and a 1 ton bag of sand, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.