Forest mulch (also referred to as humus) is a popular material in landscaping projects for many reasons. It is a combination of woody materials that looks and smells like – you guessed it – the forest floor. Using forest mulch in your garden or property helps with multiple factors, including: erosion control, preventing water loss from root systems, supplemental nutrients for your plants and trees, and deterring unwanted pests and weeds. Not only does using forest mulch bolster the growth of the trees and plants in your garden, it also elevates the landscape and gives your aesthetic a finished look.
Forest mulch is an excellent ground cover material that is best when organically composted to encourage soil microorganism activity. This improves the utility of your soil to feed your plants and trees additional nutrients beyond what they make themselves through photosynthetic processes. It helps imitate the soil environment that you would find along a forest floor.
If you are looking into forest mulch as a material in your landscaping projects, it is important to account for a few different factors. Ideally, you will want to use organically composted forest mulch instead of chemically treated mulch. This will more closely imitate the mulch and microorganism activity that you would find on the forest floor. You also may want to take into account what kinds of plants and species you intend to put the mulch around. The pH of soil that plants are grown in does impact their health, so read up on what kinds of mulch suit your gardening needs best. Forest mulch is a material that is closer to what you would find organically in nature as opposed to chemically treated mulch made in a manufacturing plant.
If you are interested in buying mulch or having a professional arborist service spread mulch across your landscape, consider calling Dynamic Arborist. Our professional team of arborists is highly trained and familiar with the different trees and plant species native to Melbourne. We would be happy to help you figure out how to maintain and care for your property best! Give us a call with any inquiries about our services or rates.