For as long as there have been trees growing in the forest, there have been wood chips on the ground beneath the trees. Cultivated gardens benefit a great deal from wood chips as much as natural forests, and chipped wood makes an excellent mulch. Let’s look at some of the benefits of wood mulch in this blog.
Utilizing wood chips as mulch benefits the environment because waste wood goes into the garden instead of a landfill. Wood mulch is economical, readily available, and it’s pretty easy to apply and remove. It isn’t easily blown around by the wind’s light lightweight mulches. When it no longer looks its best, you can compost it or work it directly into the soil.
Wood chips mulch has great moisture retention
Covering the soil with 5cm of wood mulch slows moisture evaporation from the soil.
Wood chips are excellent at blocking the sun and help keep the soil cool.
Weeds have difficulty emerging from beneath a cover of wood chips.
Also, wood chips contain wood and bark bits in a wide range of sizes. The size diversity benefits the soil by allowing water to infiltrate and preventing compaction. It also decomposes at different rates, creating a diverse environment for soil organisms.
Wood bark is another type of mulch that performs well in the garden. Cedar, pine, spruce and hemlock are several types of bark mulch that vary in colour and appearance. They all make effective mulches, and it’s great to choose based on aesthetics. Another factor to consider is the longevity of the mulch. Pine will break down quickly while cedar may take years.
You can either utilize chipped wood or bark mulch with confidence, knowing that you are helping your garden and the environment.