Proper Mulching Techniques
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Mulch is used to: maintain moisture & temperature, improve soil conditions, minimize weeds, and reduce damage from weed whackers. Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home- owner can do for the health of a tree.
It is important that mulch be applied correctly. We recommend a layer of 3-4 inches in depth. Pull the mulch away from stems or tree trunks several inches so the base of the trunk is exposed. Place mulch out to the drip line of the tree or beyond. Remember, if the tree had a say in the matter, its entire root system (which extends well beyond the drip line) would be mulched. Be sure to rake or till old mulch to break up any matted layers before applying new mulch.
If mulch is applied too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually be harmful to trees and other landscape plants. Mulch piled up around the base of the tree looks similar to a volcano and can lead to insect and disease problems. Volcano mulching can also cause rotting due to built-up moisture around the base of the trunk. Too much mulch can lead to excess moisture which can stress the plant and cause root rot.
Types of Mulch
We offer two main types of mulch: organic & dyed mulch. Organic mulches decompose which improves the soil quality and provides nutrients for plants. We recommend organic mulch to our customers. The only downfall is that the mulch must be replenished. We carry double and triple ground organic mulches. Double ground is the standard size and triple ground is ground three times which makes it finer. We recommend triple ground when mulching newly planted material or in gardens, because the triple ground mulch breaks down faster; making the nutrients available sooner.
We also carry red and brown dyed mulches. The benefit of dyed mulch is they hold their color longer than the organic mulch. The dyed mulches do not decompose as fast and don’t need to be replaced as often. You may have to remove some if it gets too deep. Dyed mulches also do not improve soil structure nor add organic materials or provide nutrients for plants. They should only be used for decorative purposes.
We also carry clean woodchips and certified playground woodchips. The clean woodchips are great to use for paths or walkways. An order must be placed in advance for the certified playground woodchips.
General questions about mulch.
Q: Does organic mulch attract bugs?
A: Our mulch does not attract any more bugs or insects than what would normally be there.
Q: Does mulch attract termites?
A: No, because termites are only attracted to wood that is below the earth’s surface and mulch is used above ground.
Q: Is mulch treated with any pesticides?
A: No, we do not treat our mulch with any pesticides, our mulch is organic.
Q: Is mulch treated with a fire retardant?
A: In very dry weather, we recommend that when you water your plants you also water down your mulch. This will help prevent a potential fire hazard and hold moisture in plants.
Q: How many yards your truck may hold?
A standard size 6 ft. bed holds up to 1 1/2 yards, and an 8 ft. bed holds up to 2 yards all without a toolbox.
Q: Is mold on mulch harmful?
A: No, a fungus/mold can grow on top of mulch when it gets hot and humid. This fungus/mold is not harmful and helps decomposition of the mulch. It can be removed by blasting it with water from a hose.