7 Uses for Wood Mulch

There are a range of steps that you can take to help you become more green fingered, with the use of wood mulch being just one of these. Being aware of the uses that mulch can be put to will help you to create a garden that you can be proud of. 

1. Moisture

Wood mulch is one of the best natural options available to help retain moisture in the soil. This benefits plants and trees by allowing them to make use of the water in the soil before it can evaporate, which gives roots the chance to take hold. The mulch also acts as shelter for the soil in hot periods and helps to keep the soil cool so that it does not dry out.        

2. Repelant

Making wood mulch using the chips from certain types of trees can help you to create a repelant that works to deter insects and other pests. Cedar wood produces an oil that is not liked by many organisms. If your plants often suffer because insects like to feast on them, cedar mulch can help to prevent this problem.

3. Aeration

In areas where soil is regularly walked on, it can quickly become compacted and prevent air from getting to it. This can also cause the roots of plants to become strangled and prevent proper water drainage where the soil is subject to an excessive amount of water. Spreading mulch helps to prevent this problem from occurring by taking the pressure that would normally be supported by the soil.

4. Pathway  

Wood mulch can be used to create a quick and easy pathway in gardens where it would otherwise be difficult to have a path. This will help you to retain a place that can remain clean and free from soil. It will also make it easier to get from one section of the garden to another without inadvertently trampling any of your plants.  

5. Erosion Prevention

Spreading wood mulch can help to prevent the soil erosion that can occur in areas subject to heavy rainfall. The mulch creates a surface that will allow for water run-off and create a barrier between the water and the soil. It also helps to add support to young plants that would otherwise wilt under the pressure of heavy rain.    

6. Quality

As it breaks down and decomposes, mulch can help to improve the quality of the soil that it is spread over. The organic material that gets left in the soil by the mulch helps to attract worms and other organisms that help to benefit the soil. This is an easy way to improve the condition of the soil as it can simply be spread out on the soil and left to do what it needs to.   

7. Recycling

When you have trees on your property or access to other wood, you can recycle it with the creation of mulch. This will not only prevent it being wasted, it will also prevent harm to the environment by it being burnt.