Arborist chip mulch is our favorite!
Arborist chip mulch material used to be an unwanted by-product. But today it may seem like an impossible-to-find commodity. Still, if you’ve put off trying chips in your garden because you didn’t have luck finding them, we’ve got ways to help you. However, we don’t sell them. And if you’ve skipped using arborist chip mulch for any number of other reasons, I challenge you to read on and see if your excuses still hold up by the end of this article.
What exactly is this stuff?
Arborist chips are essentially anything an an arborist puts through their chipper. This means that they’re coarsely chopped up bits of branches, leaves, blooms, berries, and anything else they chop down.
So, as an arborist goes from job to job during a day, s/he may fill a truck with trimmings from a sheared laurel hedge, thick branches from a cedar tree and viable bits of fruit from a holly tree. Some of the material may come from healthy plants; some may come from diseased plants. Like anything you bring into your garden, chips are a mixed bag.
Why do they make great top dressing?
Arborist chip material, which is a by-product of tree work, includes all parts of a tree. (Well, maybe not a lot of roots, but all parts of the top growth.) And the chunks are in variable sizes. So they can create a nice thick layer over beds. That means they can protect plant roots from weather extremes. And decompose slowly, so you don’t have to add them as often as some other top dressings. Plus, they feed soil microbes. Then they release nutrients into the soil as they break down.
Is it the same as Beauty Bark?
No. Beauty bark is made only from bark. Arborist chips come from all parts of a tree, including some bark.
What about Cocoa Mulch?
Cocoa mulch is another organic by-product material you might be considering for your garden. But, before you spread that chocolate mulch all over the place, consider some scary truths about using cocoa mulch in your garden in this article.
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