What is Mulch?
Mulch comes in inorganic and organic forms. Inorganic mulches include most store-bought solutions like stone, lava rock, rubber chips, and other materials. Inorganic mulches do not have the qualities or benefits of organic mulches. Organic mulches include wood chips, pine needles, bark, leaves and other types of plate tissue.
Placing mulch materials over the soil surface can be one of the most important things a homeowner does for the health of their trees. Here are eight reasons to provide your tree with some surface mulch.
Benefits of Proper Mulching
- Reduces evaporation of soil moisture.
- Helps to mitigate weed germination and growth.
- Insulates soil, protecting roots from extreme temperature fluctuations during the summer and winter.
- Can improve soil biology, aeration, structure, and drainage.
- Inhibits certain types of plant diseases.
- Reduces the chances of damage from weed whackers and lawns mowers.
- Gives planting beds a clean and properly maintained appearance.
Don’t Over Do It!
A two to four-inch layer of mulch around the base of your tree is all you need to reap the benefits of mulching. Avoid over piling mulch at the base of your trees and make sure to replenish appropriately over time. Organic mulches will breakdown and eventually decompose.
Where Can I Get Free Mulch?
Glad you asked! ArborPros provides free mulch and free residential delivery. You can reach out here to schedule a drop-off.