Mulching on the Sunshine Coast has much to recommend it. Mulch can protect your soil from sudden temperature changes, heavy rains and soil erosion. Mulch also can be used to restore nutrients to the soil making richer soil that is more nourishing for plants. Organic mulches break down slowly into the soil and need to be periodically replaced. Mulching can be done purely to improve your garden or it be added to also provide a finished look to your beds.
There are many free options available such as grass and newspaper clippings, however they are not pretty, and they often become a rather large mess. It is best to purchase organic mulch that will eventually decompose, as this ensures that your garden does not have a layer of herbicides or pesticides.
Compost is another great mulch material. If you can make your own compost you will not only reduce your carbon footprint by processing all of your organic garbage at home, you will also obtain a free mulch material. Check the regulations regarding mulching on the Sunshine Coast to see if composting is allowed in your area. Compost is very nutritional for plants and can be created in your own back yard. The only downside to compost is the smell. While it is not the sharply unpleasant odour found at a landfill that is often associated with rotting garbage, it is still not pleasant. If you are searching for pleasant smelling mulch that provides a more professional or polished appearance to your flower beds you will be shopping for commercial mulch made from wood chips.