According to Wikipedia: Mulch is “a layer of material applied to the surface of the soil. Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.”
So why are Jim’s Trees arborists discussing this stuff? Well, Mulch is made out of organically occurring materials, and it turns out one of the highest quality mulches available is produced from trees and their bark. This is why when Jim’s Trees remove a tree, it endeavours not to waste this valuable material, as it can provide such incredible benefits to gardens across New Zealand.
Much has some powerful benefits for modern gardens. Firstly, spreading mulch over an area increases the soil’s ability to retain water. A further benefit is that high-quality organic mulches (like mulches produced from tree felling) naturally start to decay over time; this process creates vital plant nutrients that act as natural fertilisers. This process is especially helpful for soil with poor fertility.
Depending on the type of wood the mulch chippings have been made from, the mulch may even provide some protection from pests by repelling common irritants like gnats, fleas and ticks.
If your garden currently has some unsightly weeds then using mulch can be an incredibly useful way of preventing those weeds from germinating and spreading throughout your garden. This will not only remove the ugly devils but also stop them from sucking moisture and other nutrients away from your beloved garden plants. Some weeds can also cause damage to gardening equipment such as lawn mowers, so reducing their spread can dramatically reduce this risk.
Mulch is often used by gardeners to regulate soil temperature; a thin layer of mulch applies adequate insulation to reduce the fluctuations in soil temperature significantly. This is especially useful in seasons of highly variant heat like the New Zealand spring. This helps prevent your plants from getting too stressed, which can cause them to lose their leaves and sometimes even die!
Mulch can also be used for this purpose in the winter months to prevent certain plants from frost heaving, which is where the contraction of the soil from the cold pushes loose roots out from the ground. This is especially important for recently planted evergreen plants that you’re want to support through their first winter.
During the summer months, mulch can be used to keep certain plants’ root systems cold, which can improve their rate of growth.
Tree mulch is especially good at regulating soil temperature and is vastly superior to most other organic and inorganic mulch alternatives.
It’s not just gardens that mulch can be used for. Compacted mulch is often used on children’s playgrounds to reduce the danger of injuries due impact. If you’ve got a children’s playground in your backyard applying a layer of mulch to the area is a great way to reduce your children’s likelihood of suffering a concussion or a fracture.
At Jim’s Trees, we sell high-quality wood chip garden mulch at incredibly competitive prices. Our prices are even better if you’re buying mulch in bulk. We only sell the highest grade wood chip mulch created using untreated timbers.
You can order mulch on our website just fill out the form on this page. Jim’s will ship the mulch directly to you so you don’t have to worry about dealing with middlemen. Contact Jim’s trees today by calling 0800 454 654 or filling out our bookings form.