3rd Apr 2023 -

Garden bark (or landscape bark) is a form of mulch used by gardeners and landscapers and made from pure tree bark. It stands as an eco-friendly and all-natural alternative to standard mulch (such as plastic or rubber), with a whole host of unique benefits for those who use it. 

In this article, we will introduce you to our range of garden barks, let you in on their many advantages, and offer some answers to your questions. 

Our Range of Garden Bark

We have a high-quality selection of bark and mulch suitable for several different outdoor implementations, from gardening to decoration. 

Most of our range is multi-purpose, for example, our PlaySafe Playground Bark is perfect for cushioning outdoor play areas but can also be used to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds. The same goes for our Hardwood Path Chips, ideal for the heavy-duty lining of footpaths but can also border plant beds effectively.

All our garden barks come in 25kg small bags (which can be bought in batches of 20 or 40) or 750kg bulk bags (which can be bought singly).

Common Types of Garden Bark

Garden bark can be made from various types of tree bark, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Below we have detailed some of these factors for you to consider when choosing the right garden bark for your project.

  • Hardwood Bark: Extremely durable and will last longer than most other kinds of tree bark, whilst providing reliable weed control and maintaining healthy moisture retention in most soils.
  • Cedar Bark: A popular option as it is a natural deterrent to pests and has a pleasing aroma, whilst helping the soil to retain as much moisture as possible. 
  • Pine Bark: Chosen for its generous lifespan and effective resistance to the destructive factors of decomposition. It will also blanket soil against weeds and lock in moisture.

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    • Analysed to BSEN1176 and 1177
    • Use at depths of 300mm, 200mm and 100mm giving critical fall heights of 6.01 meters, 3.82 metres and 1.33 metres respectively
    £98.18 £117.82

    • Bulk/Small Bags Available
    • Suppresses weeds
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The Benefits of Using Garden Bark Over Mulch

We have already touched on some key advantages to using chipped bark when gardening, but here we will detail exactly what you can expect to glean from choosing garden bark as your brand of mulch.

  • Moisture Control: Applying garden bark over soil can help lock in moisture and reduce the frequency of watering, as well as improve filtration when the plot is watered, helping the plants to drink well and not drown. 
  • Weed Prevention: Garden bark will naturally suppress weed overgrowth, which will stop the strangulation of roots and the need for harmful herbicides. 
  • Soil Protection: A layer of garden bark acts as a physical barrier for your topsoil, protecting it from pests and weeds and preventing erosion over time. 
  • Natural Aesthetics: Most garden barks are made in a way that accentuates their natural look and visual appeal when laid in any outdoor setting.
  • Eco-Friendliness: As opposed to most other plastic and rubber mulches, garden bark is a much healthier and environmentally friendly option.
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Get Your Own Trade Account

With one of our trade accounts, you can utilise a dedicated account manager who will be there to ease the ordering process and answer any questions you may have about what garden bark to choose. You will also gain access to our full catalogue of landscaping products, and a flexible and interest-free credit scheme to take off some financial strain if necessary. 


What is the best way to lay garden bark in a plant bed?

Garden bark is very simple to apply, and can be poured or scattered by hand. Just make sure that you lay it evenly and thickly, around 2 to 3 inches in depth ideally.

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When should I replace my garden bark?

Is garden bark safe to use with all plants?