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asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th May, 2020

What are the benefits of wood mulch?

Are Wood Chips Good Mulch?
  • Moisture retention – Covering the soil with 2 inches of wood mulch slows moisture evaporation from the soil.
  • Temperature moderation – Wood chips block the sun and help keep the soil cool.
  • Weed control – Weeds have difficulty emerging from beneath a cover of wood chips.

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Also asked, are wood chips good to use as mulch?

If you garden, you may often hear that arborist wood chips should not be used as mulch, which actually is not supported by studies. Wood chips are one of the best mulches for trees and shrubs, but may not be the best for annuals and vegetables, according to Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott from Washington State University.

what is the benefit of mulch? One of the best benefits of any mulch is its ability to retain moisture in the soil. Organic mulches break down over time and contribute to soil health. This can be very helpful, especially if your soil fertility is poor. Mulch reduces winter injury and helps with weed control.

In this regard, what is the difference between wood chips and mulch?

Depending upon the source, the wood chips may contain bits of bark and leaves. Wood-chip mulch tends to contain larger chunks than shredded mulch; the pieces range, on average, from 1 to 5 inches long and up to 3 inches across. Wood chips also absorb moisture and tend to break down more slowly than shredded mulches.

Is it OK to put mulch next to your house?

If you want to use any type of mulch around the foundation of your home, it is best to place a layer of bricks or stones between the home's foundation and the mulch to keep the two from making contact. For aesthetic purposes, you can use inorganic mulch such as gravel or rocks in place of organic mulch.

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