Mulch has many benefits. It provides moisture in the soil and moderates soil temperature. Mulch also reduces erosion and weeds. Think of mulch as nature’s low maintenance, root protection! Nature produces large quantities of mulch all the time. Think about fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark pieces, spent flower petals, and fallen fruit. A good rule of thumb for applying mulch is to maintain a 3” depth.
Mulch Matters Actions:
Create self-mulching areas under trees where leaves can stay where they fall. They will break down fairly quickly and provide essential nutrients to the tree.
Maintain a 3” layer of mulch around the base of vegetation but leave at least a few inches of space between the mulch and the plant stem/trunk to prevent disease.
Apply triple-shredded, hardwood mulch to areas with high foot traffic or gentle slopes. It is the least likely to float.