Mulch may seem like just another expensive item to add to your landscape. While it does improve the overall visual aspect of your yard, using mulch in your landscape offers other benefits to your trees as well.
For a purely visual aspect, mulch comes in many different materials and can add different and interesting designs to your landscape. Most of us are familiar with bark chips, and even those come in different colors and types. However, you can also use sawdust, peat moss, straw, or wood shavings. For even more unique choices in colors and textures, consider cocoa hulls (yes, the same cocoa that chocolate comes from), rice hulls, or crushed corncobs.
Mulch offers much more than aesthetics, however, and it does serve a purpose when added to your tree bases. The main benefit is temperature control. If the root system’s temperature gets too high, tree roots begin to die. And while you may think this happens deep beneath the soil, it typically occurs in the upper layers. A three-inch layer of mulch can reduce soil temperatures up to 10 degrees.
Mulch also retains moisture better than the soil can around your trees. In addition to less need for watering, mulch helps prevent soil erosion while still reducing soil compaction. Over time, as mulch breaks down, it improves the soil structure and reduces weeds.
Mulch is best added in the spring so critters don’t nest in it. In addition, old mulch should be removed and the soil cultivated before adding new mulch.
Contact Birchwood Services for all your mulch needs this spring season. To set up an appointment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us any time at one of our two numbers, (847) 359-1951 or (847) 253-1961.