Tips for Landscaping: Making Mulch with Altec
Posted by: Catherine Whittaker on December 3, 2015
There are many benefits to using mulch in your yard. While you may think of this as a springtime or warm weather task, mulch can be increasingly beneficial to your garden during the cold winter months as well. Aside from keeping the soil insulated and warm during cooler temperatures, mulch also conserves moisture in the soil and provides a food source for earthworms, microbes and beneficial insects.
In fact, wood mulches especially benefit from the dormancy of plants during the winter months. During the decomposition process, wood mulch can temporarily reduce the amount nitrogen available to plants. However, as plants enter a period of slow growth, this impact is even more minimal.
Even if you decide to mulch in late winter, there are still benefits to be had – including suppressing weeds when your spring garden blooms.
No matter what time of year, follow these reminders and tips:
- Remember that certain types of tree mulch may be better suited for certain uses or locations.
- Choose the right chipper for the job, and always follow the proper safety tips when operating a chipper to make your own mulch.
- For a more professional look, remove any leaves or small branches from the limbs before running them through the chipper. This will ensure a uniform look to the wood chips.
- Consider mixing your mulch with store-bought mulch. This can be an easy way to increase the bulk – or even add an aroma with cedar chips.
- When using wood chips, apply roughly a 4 to 5-inch layer of mulch to your garden beds.
- Remember to keep mulch away from the base of trees or plants. A good guideline is to keep a mulch free area of roughly 1 to 2 inches around plants, 3 to 4 inches around shrubs and 6 to 12 inches around trees.
- Consider using mulch in garden pathways as well.