Bark Chippings

Bark Chippings

A common sight in the UK, in gardens, landscaping, and pathways Bark Chippings are a versatile and cost-effective product that is a popular choice for landscaping projects. The chippings are a neat solution as they help to hold in moisture in the soil, which works well at protecting your plants.

What is Bark?

Bark Chippings are typically made from the bark of common timbers that have been shredded to create fairly large chunks. They are sometimes called Mulch. 

What is Mulch?

Mulch refers to a material – in this case Bark – that forms a top layer of the soil. Whilst for most people it is used because it looks nice, or because it is fairly soft, it is also popular because it absorbs moisture which helps it to reduce the growth of weeds.

Pros:
Incredibly easy to lay, chippings are a low-cost option that is soft and quiet underfoot. They’re also biodegradable, which is good for the environment.

Cons:
Whilst they do biodegrade, this isn’t always a good thing because it also means that the chippings rot very quickly and will need to be replaced – typically on an annual basis.

Where can they be used?

As Bark Chippings are soft and completely natural which means that they’re not harmful even when picked up by young hands, they are often used for children’s play areas as well as for pathways through wooded recreational areas.

They are fairly low maintenance and are ideal for landscaping in gardens especially if you are looking for a product that will protect your existing plants by aiding the retention of water.

Unsure whether bark chippings are the right product for your needs? Your local Howarth Timber branch will be more than happy to help.