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Helpful hints about tree care

Why Should I Mulch?

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Like lying under a down comforter, mulch helps insulate the soil and acts as a buffer between the changes in hot and cold temperatures. It also helps retain water keeping the root system moist while helping to keep weeds at bay and preventing root competition.

Can you use fresh wood chips as mulch?

Unlike a good seasoned piece of firewood, as soon as the chips come out they can be laid down.  There are a couple of instances however where one may be cautious. When laying fresh Pine chips, be careful of chips containing nematodes when placing them around another pine that has any damage near the base, this will help avoid pine wilt.

How close should mulch be to plants?

It is recommended that you spread to a depth of 3-4 inches when working under trees, shrubs and planting beds for medium to coarse textured mulch.

What is the use of wood chips?

Wikipedia simply states:
Wood chips may be used as a biomass solid fuel and are raw material for producing wood pulp. They may also be used as an organic mulch in gardening, landscaping, restoration ecology, bioreactors for denitrification and mushroom cultivation. According to the different chemical and mechanical properties of the masses, the wood logs are mostly peeled, and the bark chips and the wood chips are processed in different processes. The process of making wood chips is called wood-chipping and is done with a wood chipper.

What can be used as mulch?

Grass clippings, decaying leaves, compost, straw, and wood chips are but just a few options. Whereas grass clippings will decay quickly, the uses of wood chips will provide an attractive alternative, less likely to succumb to a light wind and blow away, and decays slowly.

Where can I find wood chip mulch?You neighborhood landscaping company or even one of the big box stores such as Menards can be a source. But our favorite option is obtaining freshly chipped wood from J’s Tree Trimming.