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Your thoughts on choosing bark please!

2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
edited April 2018 in Problem solving
I need a large quantity of chipped bark for my beds and borders. A leading supermarket had an appealing offer on their bark but then I saw what was falling out of the ripped bags 😳 It looked like something that was sweeped of the street and bagged up, all dry, twiggy and dusty! 

I would appreciate your thoughts and experience on the different brands of bark you have used. 

I am looking for a rich medium sized bark that would not only enhance my beds but also enrich my soil. 

Thank you all for your time & help. 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,626
    If you need a lot it's worth googling about for a bulk supplier who will deliver it in a small truck with no plastic bags.  They should have different gauges and even different types and the price should compare very favourably with 70litre bags from a supermarket or garden centre. Eg,  round here it can be a choice between different conifers.   In Belgium I could choose large size chipped bark to use on beds where wind exposure was higher or softer stuff for using on paths in my woodland corner.
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  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568
    Agree that bulk purchases are a god send.  I've used these guys are few times for compost and bark, if you live in the southeast @2oaktrees

  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
    Thank you for your advice @Obelixx   and @1634 Racine I shall certainly look into buying in bulk. 

  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees Posts: 160
    I’m in the West Midlands, does anyone know of any good reputable suppliers around here please? 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,307
    Or North London?
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