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What is Mulch?

Once you’ve planted your garden, you should keep the soil healthy and protected. Mulch is a layer of material, like decaying leaves, bark or compost applied to the soil’s surface, which helps to enrich or insulate the soil.

Benefits of Mulch

Mulch benefits the plants’ growth, mainly because of the physical processes occurring at ground surface. The first, and probably main reason, is that mulch prevents the soil from drying out, keeps it moist and reduces watering by around 60% to 75%. Also, mulch controls weed growth and weed seed germination and promotes soil microorganisms activity. By keeping the soil from splashing onto leaves, it prevents the risk of disease. Another benefit, especially for the cooler days, is that mulch moderates the soil’s temperature and keeps it warmer during the winter season.

Mulch needs to be applied properly and with a lot of care. Over-mulching can lead to suffocation of the plants, or cause the tree trunk to become diseased.

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Types of Mulch

There are various types of mulches, both organic and inorganic. Main factors that may affect the choice of mulch are durability, nutritive properties and aesthetic appearance. Here are the most common types of mulch and their specifics.

1. Organic Mulch

Organic mulch naturally breaks down with time, that’s why you need to check on it on a regular basis and top up when necessary.

Straw – This is an excellent choice for vegetable gardens. It decomposes very fast, improves the soil and helps you grow your veggies easily.

Sugar Cane – This mulch is made from fried sugar can leaves, and not only that it stimulates helpful soil organisms, but also makes a beautiful finish in your garden beds.

Hardwood – This is the best choice for suppressing weeds. Wood mulch looks great in any garden and it decomposes over time, so you won’t need to replace it so often.

Wood chips – Similar to hardwood, this mulch provides effective weed control and adds to your garden’s charm. Black mulch is made of hardwood chips that are dyed with a carbon dye, absorbing the excess heat and protecting tender plants.

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Leaves – You can gather all the leaves lying around the garden, shred them and use them as mulch. Turn the waste into a useful feature for your garden’s look!

Lucerne – As the soil breaks down, this mulch gives an extra nitrogen and is ideal for growing flowers, veggies and fruit trees.

Grass clippings – If you’ve always wanted to grow a thick green lawn, this mulch is the best choice. Once you’ve mowed the lawn, dry out the mulch and add over it.

Pine bark – With its dark colour, the pine mulch blends in easily in any garden and is the perfect choice for garden pots and beds.

2. Inorganic Mulch

This type doesn’t positively affect the soil’s fertility as organic mulch, but they’re very good soil insulators. Inorganic mulch doesn’t break down and lasts for a long time.

Gravel and pebbles – They offer beautiful design solutions, permanent and mostly recommended for foundation plants.

Black plastic – If you decide to use this mulch, bury it under the soil or otherwise it can break down due to the sunlight. It is most effective for controlling weed growth.

Landscape fabrics – Similar to plastic, but lets more air and water come through. If using it, add an extra of 6 to 8 cm organic mulch on the top.

There are many reasons for using mulch in your garden, but to ensure you get the best mulch, first determine the reasons for applying it. Once you know what your goal is and which improvements you’re hoping to make to your garden, you can choose your mulch accordingly.

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What is Mulching Service?

Mulching is the practice of breaking down garden and land clearing waste using mulching machines, like chippers. The best thing about mulching service is that they can take out a tree and turn it into mulch for you. Also, they can assist you with processing green waste, wood chipping and spreading mulch in your tree and garden beds.

What is the Best Time for Mulching?

If you’ve been wondering what’s the best time for mulching your garden, the truth is that any time is better than never. Mulch can be spread at any time of the year. You put the first layer somewhere in mid-spring or mid-autumn, and then you can top up an existing mulch whenever needed.

Remember not to mulch too close to young or tender plants because it can cause mould issues as the organic material will decompose. In order to avoid bugs, you can use mulch made of melaleuca tree or cedar tree. They are packed with natural oils and chemicals that repel insects and termites away. Besides, they are good options for your landscape.

Prepare your garden trees and beds for winter by applying a thick layer of recycled wood mulch, or any other mulch of your choice. Remove weeds and clean up the beds before spreading the mulch. Winter mulch is not supposed to stay in place all year round, so you need to take away the excess mulch when you see new growth coming out.

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Storing Mulch

The most important thing for proper storing of mulch is to keep it dry the entire time. If the mulch is dry, then you can store it in trash bags or cans. But, if it’s not dry yet, the best option is to pile it up and turn it frequently until it’s completely dry and you can store it as recommended.

Recycle Your Organic Waste

In most Australian towns and cities, the local council has a recycle system where you take your green waste for recycling. You can put your excess lawn clippings and tree cuttings into compost and then put them out to be collected for recycling.

There has been a higher interest for growing veggies as in the last few years. Vegetable gardening offers numerous benefits – fresh-grown vegetables and herbs are tastier, crisper and healthier than what you can find at the store. Needless to say, you can improve your health by increasing your consumption of fresh vegetables, but also by increasing your physical activity by taking care of your garden. But while growing a garden is rewarding, it can also be a challenge. Some people naturally have a green thumb while others struggle to maintain their plants.

A decorative element, synonymous for outdoor furniture, has started making its way back into the interior game – yes, I’m talking about rattan! As is the case with most trends, they come and go then resurge after a while. That’s exactly what happened with this trend too – back in the 70s of the previous century, it was very much the go-to choice for all-things furniture. Then, it somehow lost its spark and new trends overtook the spotlight.

After being the preferred option for balconies, terraces, backyards, patios and decks for a while, it’s finally taken the indoor spotlight back again in the form of various types of furniture and home decor pieces in all shapes, sizes, colours and designs. The reason for this variety lies in both the strength and flexibility of the tropical vine-like plant that’s closely related to palm trees. So the outcome of creating furnishings with its pliable stems is pieces that are lightweight yet durable and can be stained and coloured just like any wood.

Nest lounge rattan furniture

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Though sometimes used interchangeably with the terms cane and wicker, they aren’t to be confused because cane simply refers to the rattan vine skin whereas wicker implies a type of woven construction, a weave and not a plant as the material. Read along to see just how stylish rattan can be and why it should become part of your abode too.

A Touch of Natural Texture

As it’s derived from plants, the furniture and home decor pieces alike have the natural and earthy appeal (more so if the rattan is in its natural colour) that’s bound to complement any room. Simply said, it brings the outdoors in!

Thanks to its subtle elegance, you can go as big or as small as you like in your choice of furnishings when introducing the material in your nest, from chairs, sofas and beds, to accents in the likes of room dividers, picture frames, bags, baskets, mirrors, planters, and pendant light fixtures.

A Match for Various Styles

Having in mind that goes seamlessly well with different design styles, you won’t have to worry about your existing style not being a proper match for rattan. Some examples where it would make the perfect addition are tropical, cosy chic, vintage, eclectic, contemporary as well as minimal and Scandinavian decor.

An Element to Tone Up or Down

As a material, it’s ideal for both casual and formal settings alike, even though it has a more relaxed vibe. It can be easily combined with the right set of accessories and furniture. For instance, its natural texture calls for more natural textures in the form of throws, cushions and rugs like those made of organic bamboo, cotton, and jute. If you want to make it seem more luxurious. opt for silk instead.

An Element with a Personal Twist

Rattan furniture and modern home decor accents made from it are eye-catching, which explains their huge comeback. But regardless of their great styles and designs, some people want to take things a step further and add their personal touch. The great news is you can do this easily with the help of fabrics and other furnishings. Moreover, you can change their paint yourself, undertaking a DIY project. You can do this either by spray painting or with a sponge brush, after cleaning the pieces first and using paint primers for a better result.

Rattan furniture with brown and blue pillows

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Incorporating Rattan in Your Home

Now that you know a little bit more about it, the styles it goes with and the ways you can customise, here are some ideas on how to welcome rattan in your home décor.

Take it Slow – If you aren’t sure that rattan is the right choice for your home, try implementing bits of rattan décor. Add frames in the hallway, try separating the living room with a divider or use it to keep something out of sight stylishly. You can also hang up rattan mirrors in the bathroom and see how they integrate into your decor. Keeping it simple is better than going overboard with it and ending up with a home that looks outdated.

Choose the Right Colours – What you pair rattan furnishings with also matters, not only in the sense of designs but in colours too. Since rattan has a natural appeal, you can easily use any earthy tones with it without worrying you’d create any visual mess. In case you need some inspiration, the hashtag #rattanfurniture on Instagram features a huge range of photos that might inspire you.

Splurge on Greenery – Since it helps to bring more of the natural feel indoors, feel free to invest in greenery because plants combine extremely well with woven textures. You don’t have to get rattan planters to make the most of the combination, any décor accent or furniture piece that’s made from the material would look good when combined with greenery.

With house prices being on the rise, more and more Aussies are deciding to buy smaller spaces and apartments as they are more affordable and easier to take care of. Although our homes are getting smaller, unfortunately, our stuff isn’t, and for many of us, downsizing to fit the needs of a place we may only call home for a few years doesn’t make much sense. But here’s some good news! With smart storage and a little creativity, we can go a long way in making our space more spacious, cleaner and better organized. Here are some steps that you can follow to create a more comfortable and organized home.

First Things First: Get Rid of the Stuff You Don’t Use

Learning how to declutter is one of the best ways to maximize your space. Clutter drains your energy, costs time and money, and makes your home feel cramped. If your rooms are large and complex, consider breaking them up in zones. Work quickly and decide which items you should toss and which ones you want to keep. For the items you’re getting rid of, there are a lot of options other than just throwing them in the trash – you can always donate them if they’re in good shape.

Find the Best Storage Solution

Scandinavian inspired designer home storage boxes are a stylish and versatile option to consider. Exhibiting a simple yet functional design and available in a variety of styles and colour, Scandinavian storage boxes are great for living spaces like dens and bedrooms. Clear plastic containers are another great storage solution to consider. Although they are not very stylish, they allow you to see inside the container, saving you precious time when quickly trying to retrieve an item from your storage. Make sure you label all of your storage boxes to make things easier. Even if you decide to use containers that are clear, putting labels will only speed up the retrieval time.

Choose the Right Things for Your Storage Space

Double-measure your storage space (like the inside of a closet door) before buying home storage boxes, storage baskets, racks or trays. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting home and having to shove a container into a closet to make it fit. So, plan ahead and bring a notecard with you with the measurement of your closets and other storage spaces. Also, try to buy products that can be stacked together easily.

Get Things Off the Floor

Experts recommend avoiding using the floor as storage space whenever possible. It’s common for parents to keep their kids’ big toys in the corner of the floor, which sooner or later makes that space become a dumping ground, looking messy and unorganised all the time. Investing in some inexpensive shelving to place the big toys in and some home storage boxes to hold the small toys will make the area feel less cluttered. Even your closet can become more organized if you get your shoes off the floor. How you may ask? With a closet system. Use inexpensive bins to hold your shoes and keep them organized.

Make Use of Vertical Space

When you are constrained by small rooms and can’t go “out”, go up! This can be especially helpful in a small kids’ rooms – you can install bunk beds, a vertical shelving unit for toys, and even a vertical arts and crafts corner. You can also try to use the vertical space in your home office, adding bookcases and mounting a pegboard on the wall to hold office supplies.

Repurpose Wasted Areas

Corridors in homes are storage goldmines waiting to be put to good usage. Building bespoke cabinets into wall cavities is a great way to create storage space and make a home feel far more spacious and uncluttered. The hollow area under the stairs is a great location for installing a couple of extra shelves, a shoe closet or a computer workstation.

Get More Storage in Your Garden

When it comes to how to create more storage in your home, don’t overlook the importance of your garden. Sheds, summerhouses or innovative bike storage facilities will all help you make your home far less cluttered, especially if you don’t really use your garden.

Use Your Space Creatively

Just because a room is supposed to serve a certain function that doesn’t mean that it can’t serve another purpose. For example, you might have space in your basement that was originally designed for storage. However, if you can fit all of your stored items in the garage, you may be able to use that space for another purpose, like as a workout area. You can place a TV to watch inspiring training sessions and still have room for you to work out and store your weights, bands, mats, etc.

Although not a new concept, backyard garden sheds have gained great popularity in the last decade. Smaller home designs and the need for more storage space explain the fact why more and more homeowners are adding a garden shed to their backyard. While a lot of Aussies are wasting money every month on self-storage   fees, others have realized that garden sheds are a much smarter alternative.

What Is The Purpose of a Garden Shed?

A garden shed is a small building used for storage. It can be simple or more complex, small or large, store-bought or a DIY project and it can be made from different materials to match your house’s exterior. It can be used for various purposes, including:

  • Storing gardening tools, a lawnmower, and other miscellaneous items;
  • Storing bikes and winter sports equipment;
  • Greenhouse or potting shed;
  • A child’s playhouse;
  • An office or a gym room, separated from the main house.


But aside from having a place to put bikes, tools and other stuff away, sheds are not a merely clearing-backyard-clutter innovation. They are primarily designed to protect your stuff from the elements. In other words, investing in a quality shed will save you from making other investments, hence the importance to choose it right. Today, there is a wide range of materials, sizes and styles to choose from which means you will need to consider your needs and preferences and choose accordingly.


Garden sheds can be made from wood, metal or plastic. Many would say that wooden sheds are the most durable as they have been used for centuries. They are also considered the most attractive. However, wood is a natural product that is subject to warping. It is just a natural consequence of the material being exposed to different weather conditions. While it can be nice to have a natural-looking shed in your garden, make sure you are ready to treat it annually with paint or preservative to keep its good look.


Metal backyard garden sheds offer a number of advantages over their wooden counterparts. They feature an integrated locking system which prevents the door from being prised open. Some models don’t have windows to keep valuable items out of the sight of potential burglars. Metal sheds also give homeowners peace of mind that pests will be kept at bay, so the shed and its contents will remain unaffected. These units are also covered in a powder coat paint that makes them weatherproof and very durable.

Plastic sheds are the cheapest type of storage space you will come across on the market. Aside from the damp-proof membrane needed when installing them, plastic sheds require very little maintenance. However, these units are not very stylish and they can’t be repainted.


When buying, you should also consider how you plan to use the shed and what you’ll store in it. If you want to keep your garden essentials in it, such as a lawnmower, rakes and small garden tools, then a small shed will provide just the right storage space you need. If you need enough room to store a BBQ and small garden furniture, a medium-size shed would be more suitable. For multi-uses, large sheds are the ideal choice as they enable you to store a wide array of goods. With a large shed, you might have enough room to create your own workshop.

The size of your yard will also be a determining factor when it comes to the size of the shed you can fit into your space. For small gardens and patios, a small shed (4×6 or 4×8) will provide much valuable outdoor space. Medium-sized gardens can make great use of medium-sized sheds for keeping gardening tools and medium-sized furniture. If you have a large garden, you can benefit from the extra storage space that large sheds offer.


Don’t worry if your garden doesn’t have much space to offer. With the diverse range of shed styles on the market today, you are bound to find one that suits your garden. Pent or lean-to sheds, for example, are designed to be positioned on the side of a property, which means you don’t have to compromise on garden space. Corner sheds are also a great choice for small gardens. When style and size are important factors, metal sheds that feature sliding doors keep the unique compactness and tidiness while maximizing the space where they are placed.

Store-Bought or DIY Sheds?

Although building a backyard garden shed is not Quantum Science, buying a finished product is most certainly the easiest way.
But if you are interested in how to make a backyard shed by yourself, here’s a short tutorial  to help you out in the process.

Hanging a pair of curtains can be a quick and budget-friendly way to make a room more inviting and homey. Besides improving the overall feel and look of your home, curtains also offer a lot of great benefits. Regulating natural light, increasing privacy, providing good insulation are just a few of them. And although choosing the proper curtains for your home is very important, another thing not to disregard is choosing the right curtain tracks. These units play a huge role in the way your new curtains will look and without them, they cannot even be hanged.

When it comes to curtain track systems, there are plenty of options available, but the most popular ones are definitely the S-Fold tracks. They are simple but luxurious and that’s what makes them the ideal modern and elegant finish. S-wave tracks allow the curtain to glide effortlessly while holding each fabric fold perfectly in place. As for their mounting method, they can be either wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted.



Unfortunately, when it comes to the way your shared office at work looks, you don’t have much of an authority to make a change. But when it comes to the design of your home office – you’re the boss that makes all the calls. So, if you find yourself drawn to the way offices in the sixties were styled in, or are simply a huge fan of Mad Men – there’s nothing stopping you from recreating that exact look. Australian furniture stores offer an abundance of mid-century bookshelves, chairs, desks and other pieces to help your home office look like a place where Don Draper would brainstorm ideas over a drink. Let’s look at some of the steps to help you create a mid-century style office that will get you excited and motivated to work.

Use Mid Century Bookshelves to Keep Clutter at Bay


Home offices are infamous for easily getting cluttered with folders, books and documents. But since the home office is a room that’s usually closed to guests, many don’t worry whether it’s messy or not. But even though other people won’t see your mess, allowing things to pile up on your desk can badly impact your productivity.

What’s more, a cluttered office goes against the very principles of mid-century design. As you know, mid-century and Scandinavian style share similar traits, and the love for simplicity, minimalism and order is one of them. With that being said, it’s important to have your things neatly organized and stored away. And one of the best ways to do so is to use a mid century bookshelf.

Depending on your needs and tastes, there are a number of mid century bookshelves designs to choose from. For instance, you can go for a traditional bookcase with evenly spaced shelves and a closed-back frame. But there are also mid century bookshelves with funkier designs like for example, cube bookcases and modular units cubby-like storage spaces.

There’s also the material to think about. Mid century bookshelves are available in a variety of materials, but if you want something lasting and beautiful – opt for some type of rich hardwood. For instance, solid oak has an attractive natural wood grain finish and is also known for its exceptional quality. In addition to oak, maple, walnut and teak are also good choices.

Besides serving as file cabinets and storage spaces, a mid century bookshelf can also be a great way to nestle some decorative items and framed family photos. After all, you don’t want your home office to be too serious, but placing décor on your desk will only clutter it up. By using a bookshelf for decorative purposes, your desk will remain free for the task you have presently at hand, and the lack of distractions can help you focus better.

What’s more, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a separate room function as your home office, and need to take care of work matters in the living room or bedroom – a bookshelf can serve as a room divider. With the help of a chunky bookshelf, you can separate your home office space from the rest of the room and give yourself some privacy.

Go for a Retro Colour Palette


One of the most recognizable aspects of mid-century style is its unique colour palette. While Scandinavian uses palettes where neutrals dominate, mid-century is quite the opposite. To capture the essence of the mid-century era, use colours such as burnt orange, avocado, mustard and baby pink. However, these colours can sometimes be overwhelming and make it hard to concentrate. For that reason, contain them to the smaller office details – like for instance, pictures, ornaments, seat cushions and pillows. These pops of colour may be all you need. To balance these colours out, use furniture in brown and other warm, earthy tones.

Don’t Overlook Greenery


Every office will benefit from a dose of fresh and vibrant greenery. Not only do plants help keep clean the air, but they are also known to have a positive effect on our mood. Even looking at pictures of greenery can make us happier. In addition, some plants can also bring a vintage mid-century vibe to your office, like for instance a Snake Plant, Spider Plant, Rubber Tree or Fiddle Leaf Fig. On the other hand, cacti and succulents are more appropriate for modern offices, and bamboo just screams ’90s.

Designate a Lounging Spot for Time-Off


Some of the best ideas often come when you relax and allow your mind to wander. Whether it’s a chunky armchair or a comfy, upholstered sofa, a dedicated lounging spot will help you destress and refresh your thoughts so that you can get back to work with a clearer mind. To really pay homage to the mid-century era, you get an Eames lounge chair which is one of its most iconic designs. While the original may cost a small fortune, there are many affordable replicas that have the same mid-century appeal for less.


A bathroom without the needed storage space can really be a bummer, more so if this happens to be the sanctuary in your home that you use for relaxation occasionally. It’s not that uncommon of a problem to be facing, especially not today when housing becomes smaller and smaller, and you’d be surprised to know even some minimalists can struggle with it so let this be some comfort for you. What I mean by this latter is that you don’t have to part with your belongings to make up the needed room. Instead, the issue would easily be solved by being more prudent with how you use the space you have at your disposal, and more specifically whether you use enough of the vertical space.

There is no doubt that a garden shed is a practical addition to any home. It is a great storage solution that will help you store all your gardening tools, bikes and literally anything you cannot store inside your home. It is very natural for us people to collect a lot of things during the years. Some of them we use on a daily basis while others just seasonally. Garden sheds are the ideal solution to this never-ending problem. However, there are a few things to consider if you want to make the most out of your investment.