Bulrush Decorative Bark Chips 70 litre

Bulrush Decorative Bark Chips 70 litre

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Bulrush Decorative Bark Chips 70 litre
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A superior quality decorative bark that suppresses weed growth, protects tender roots from frost, and retains moisture during drier weather.

Bulrush Professional Decorative Bark Chips provide a natural and decorative finish around plants on beds and borders. Their attractive appearance and colour compliment plants and shrubs showing them to their best advantage. They are hard-wearing and long-lasting and help to keep plants healthy and vibrant by protecting tender roots from frost in winter. In warm dry weather, they reduce moisture loss from the soil or compost. A carpet of decorative bark chips greatly helps to reduce garden maintenance by suppressing weed growth.

Produced from sources which are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

For best results, apply slow release fertilizer to the soil surface before adding decorative bark chips. Remove all unwanted weeds and grasses from the area to be covered.  Apply 50-75mm to soil surface by hand, and use a rake to level. Bark chips will last about 3 years. Ideal for rhododendrons which will start to root into the lower levels of the bark chips as they start to compost down.

Coverage: One 70 litre bag will cover about 1 square metre to a depth of approximately 75mm.


The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.


Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch.

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.


  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.


Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.


Recommended every few years.


The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.


Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow flowering varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.


Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.


Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.

For further advice see here

Size Guide

Size guide

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