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What’s the difference between Mulch and Bark?

One of the biggest questions we hear is “What’s the difference between mulch and bark?” So what’s the answer? Mulch is a universal term given to organic top dressing materials in landscaping. This includes compost mulch, grass clippings, shredded leaves, sawdust, and bark mulch. Bark chippings and other bark supplies are considered an ‘organic mulch’ and are a subsidiary of mulch in general. While bark is just a form of mulch, there is a distinct difference between the different types of mulch available. The more common types of mulch include:

Bark Mulch

Bark mulch comes in various sizes and can often contain several types of wood depending on where the mulch is sourced from. Bark nuggets last longer than shredded bark mulch chips but can be affected by heavy rains and flooding. Bark Chippings and Bark Mulch are great mulching materials to help retain soil moisture and block sunlight.


Straw mulch was popularised in residential vegetable gardens as it decomposes quickly and improves overall soil quality and soil health as the straw decays.

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane is a mulch that is manufactured using dried sugar cane leaves which encourage helpful soil organisms and over soil quality. Sugar Cane is one of the best looking mulches, providing an attractive finish for garden beds.

Wood Chips

Wood chips are perhaps one of the most popular mulching materials given the distinct benefits. Wood Chips provide great moisture control for garden beds and thick layers aid in weed control.

How does Mulch and Bark work?

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Mulch is most commonly known for its residential applications, however, is used all across queensland for commercial applications as well. While there are alternative types, properties, and aesthetics of both organic and inorganic mulch, the purpose of top dressing remains the same.

Mulch works by adding a top dressing material to trees, garden beds, and other landscapes - helping to insulate, germinate, and protect. While different mulches have different properties, mulch helps to:

  • Insulate soil and landscapes to help provide temperature buffers.
  • Protect soil and landscapes from direct sun to aid in water retention
  • Prevent soil compaction
  • Reduce lawn mower damage

Will Bark and Mulch stop weeds?

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Weeds are an invasive nuisance that can steal water, nutrients, and vital resources from plants and soil. Maintaining landscapes where weeds are present can be extremely difficult given the rate at which they appear, how quickly they spread, and how hard they are to permanently kill.

The process of mulching is a natural way to help naturally prevent weeds, help maintain soil, and promote landscape prosperity. When mulching be sure to make a 2-4 inch top layer to help prevent weeds from sprouting. Blocking access to sunlight through the mulching process prevents weeds from receiving the energy required to breakthrough a thick top layer, stopping weeds at the base level.

Bark and Mulch Supply Services

As one of Australia's leading bark and mulch suppliers, you can always be sure you're getting the absolute best in quality and customer service when you work with the team at Boodle's Concrete. After more than 50 years in the construction and earthwork industries, we know the importance of relationships in every aspect of our business. That experience also means we can share our relationship with you, to bring the absolute best materials to your next project.

Boodle’s Concrete services can supply mulch and bark all over Queensland. We are based in Chinchilla but are able to supply the surrounding areas, including Brisbane, Biloela, Emerald, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Roma, Miles, Gayndah, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Charleville and Biggenden.

To find out more about our landscaping supply services or to place an order for garden mulch, bark, topsoil, garden soil and decorative stone contact us directly on 1300 291 130.



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