Saving energy in the kitchen

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Saving energy in the kitchen

We do a lot of cooking so we are always looking at ways we can be more efficient. It can cost quite a lot to cook food from scratch if you don't have an energy-efficient kitchen so we have been upgrading our appliances and looking at the different techniques we can use to minimise our energy usage. It's good for the environment and it's good for the household budget when we can reduce energy usage. This blog has some tips on energy-efficient living and should be useful for those enthusiastic about doing their part to help our world stay healthy.



Mulches for landscaping your home's garden

Your garden is an important part of the home. It provides the space you need for outdoor activities. Landscaping your garden ensures that it is in a good condition for the activities you would like to do outside the house. In addition, it also offers a playground for your children. Mulches offer a good alternative for a wide range of materials for landscaping your garden. Mulches are made from organic materials such as timber waste and rocks. This makes them eco-friendly, because they do not exude toxic substances even after you have used them for a long time. Here are a few mulch products for your consideration when landscaping your backyard or front yard:

Pebble mulch

Pebble mulch refers to small stones or gravel, which allow water to seep through. Pebble mulch is suitable for covering pathways in the garden so that there is no mud when it rains. However, they do not support plant growth in the garden because the small stones do not decompose. At the same time, the small stones can be washed away during heavy rain, leaving the mulched area exposed. Therefore, you need to confine pebble mulch using trenched structures to minimize erosion.   

Bark mulch

Bark mulch is made from the tree bark after timber has been sawn. After extraction, the mulch is dried to ensure that it does not rot when you use it for landscaping your garden. Its dark brown colour makes the areas look like it is covered in natural soil. This makes bark mulch ideal for the garden space around trees and flower beds. Since bark mulch decomposes after some time, it feeds the soil during the breakdown, making it more fertile. This encourages the growth of trees and flowers in the garden areas that have mulch cover.

Bark nuggets

Bark nuggets are small chippings made from thick tree bark. They look like small pebbles. Bark nuggets provide good cover on the ground, and they are ideal for garden areas where there is no shade regulating the amount of sunlight reaching the ground. This can affect flowers and other natural plants growing in the garden. Since they are thick, the nuggets help to retain moisture. They are also ideal for decoration. You can use them in small patches in different areas of the garden to improve the aesthetics of the garden.

As much as they enrich the soil through decomposition, bark mulch and bark nuggets need to be replaced after some time. The nuggets reduce in size as they decompose. This can distort the garden landscape you want.   

A company that sells landscape supplies will be able to help you find the best mulch for your situation.