The Basics of Mulch – Kirtland Hills Tree Care Company Tips

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Many beautifully landscaped Kirtland Hills lawns and gardens use mulch as a way to help trees and bushes grow, in addition to enhancing the appearance of the landscape. Tree service companies in Kirtland Hills, like Vancuren Tree Service, can supply mulch and help you use it in a beneficial way. But what is mulch and why should you consider using it?

Mulch is the material, organic or inorganic, that is placed over the surface of the soil. It can help maintain the soil’s moisture and pH, as well as improve its conditions. Experts say it is one of the best things you can do for your trees and lawn. It can help prevent water loss in the soil, minimize competition with weeds, and improve soil structure. It also enhances the appearance of lawns.

Mulch has many other benefits including: 

  • Reducing weed germination and growth
  • Insulation- keeps soil cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Improves soil aeration
  • Improves soil structure
  • Improves drainage
  • Can reduce likelihood of certain diseases
  • Reduces likelihood of damage from weed wackers and lawn mowers
  • Acts like a more natural environment

However, when used improperly, mulch can be very damaging to trees and plants. Mulch helps soil retain moisture so there is not as much of a need to water trees; therefore, it is important to reduce watering. Excess moisture can cause stress and root rot. Too much mulch can also cause issues with the stem, insects, and diseases. It can also lead to micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities in the soil. Too much mulch can also create habitats for rodents that like to chew on bark. If the mulch is fine, too much can create a potting-soil like substance for weeds to thrive in. It may also cause an odor as it rots or ferments.

To avoid these problems, it is recommended to have your mulch 2 to 4 inches deep to avoid “mulch volcanoes” that cause these problems. Also, make sure to inspect the area where you would like to put mulch. Does it drain adequately? How will plants be affected by the type of mulch you are using? Also, check the mulch that is already present, if there is any. Perhaps instead of putting down new mulch, you just need to break up the matted layers to refresh its appearance, or pull back the mulch if it’s piled against the trees.


The type of mulch you choose is also important because different kinds of plants work better with different kinds of mulch. Mulch is broken down into two categories: organic and inorganic. Organic mulch is preferred by landscapers and is made of materials such as pine needles, wood chips, hard wood, soft wood, cocahulls, leaves, and compost mixes. Inorganic mulch includes stone, lava rock, pulverized rubber, geotextile fabrics. These are not as preferred as organic mulches because they do not decompose. However, they do not need replenished as often as organic mulches. Unlike organic mulches, though, it does not improve soil structure, add organic materials to the soil, or provide nutrients.

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Mulch is something that can be very beneficial for your yard, garden, and trees, when utilized properly. Tree service companies in Kirtland Hills, like Vancuren Tree Service, can ensure that your yard has that well-maintained appearance, that gives your trees all the nutrients and care they need.

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