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21 September,2020

Is Organic Mulch Better for Your Trees?

Is Organic Mulch Better for Your Trees?

Mulch offers a variety of great benefits for property owners. However, there are so many options available in the marketplace, that people often feel a little overwhelmed by the choices. One of the most frequently asked questions is whether organic mulch should be used for trees, shrubs and plants. At Southern Star Tree Service, we offer premium tree care services for residential and commercial customers in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding metro area communities. Are you wondering whether you should use organic or inorganic mulch for your lawn and garden? Here is some more information so you can make the best choice for your unique needs.  

What Is the Difference Between Organic Mulch and Inorganic Mulch? 

Organic mulch is made from natural materials, most often wood chips or tree bark. These materials will decay over time and will need to be replaced annually. They help to buildup soil, offering additional nutrients, temperature regulation and erosion control. In contrast, inorganic mulches are made from manmade materials or natural items that will not break down into the soil. Examples include rubber from recycled tires, landscaping fabric or stone. Both forms of mulch can help retain moisture, suppress weed growth and increase curb appeal. Inorganic mulch is also more expensive initially but will last several years without needing to be replaced. 

Which Option Is Best for My Landscape Needs? 

There are many factors to consider when choosing a variety of mulch. Organic mulch offers a lot of benefits for plants and can be particularly useful for vegetable gardens, herbs or orchards, which produce plants that are grown for consumption. On the other hand, inorganic mulch may be the best long-term choice for garden pathways, perennial flower beds or for creating separation in landscape designs. Many property owners choose to use a combination of both types, depending on the intended use. So, is organic mulch better for trees and plants? The short answer is yes, organic mulch can offer unique nutritional and soil enriching benefits that are absent from inorganic mulch options. However, this does not necessarily mean that inorganic mulch will hurt your trees. You will need to strike a balance that allows you to care for your favorite trees and plants, without creating an overwhelming amount of seasonal maintenance. It is also important to keep in mind that each species of tree will respond differently to organic or inorganic mulch. Our team of tree care professionals can help you decide which options are best for your specific needs. 

Do You Need Professional Tree Care in Atlanta? Call Southern Star Tree Service Today 

Is it time for your next tree inspection, pruning and trimming service or tree removal? Then call Southern Star Tree Service. Our certified arborists and tree care specialists are ready to improve the health and beauty of your outdoor space. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential services or to schedule an appointment with a tree expert in Atlanta, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Georgia or a nearby neighborhood. 


 

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