The Benefits of Mulching

What is Mulch? Mulch is organic matter which covers soil. The organic ground cover in a forest setting (leaf and needle litter) decomposes, and naturally provides nutrients for trees and other plant life. In urban environments, we plant grass over root systems and rake up our leaves.

By doing so we create a difficult environment for trees to grow in. Adding a proper layer of Mulch around trees will help to stimulate a natural forest setting by returning nutrients back into the soil, which in turn replenishes the soil.

Tree Harvesting

Mulching is called a Tree’s Best Friend because it…

  • Improves soil structure by adding organic matter to the soil as it decomposes
  • It moderates soil temperature
  • Helps in water retention
  • Reduces competition from other plants and grasses
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Suppresses weeds

By placing a layer of Mulch around your trees, you reduce the chance of weed eater damage. These benefits create a natural and healthy environment for your trees roots and help promote tree growth and survival. Use care and focus on the needs of the tree when applying Mulch. Root suffocation can be the result if too much Mulch is applied at one time.

It is best to keep adding small amounts of Mulch over time. A recent study found that organic Mulching is better than non organic fertilizers.