Mulching

What do we do with the trees we remove?  We mulch them into tiny itty little bits.  And not just trees we remove.  If you have a fallen tree ready to be removed or heaven a lot of vegetation and broken branches that are making you your yard look untidy, we can mulch it.

The mulch can be left on side if you have gardens or other areas you would like to use it on, or we can remove it and find other uses for it.

If you decide to leave it on site, remember that the mulch will not be treated and while some plants and trees act as natural deterrents to termites and other boring insects that enjoy a wooden meal every now and again, it may attract those particular insects.  While most people won’t have problems using the mulch above ground it is something to consider, especially if you have had recent or ongoing issues with termites.

In regards to applying the mulch, ideal amounts may depend on a number of factors including the soil type (it’s ability to hols moisture), the current weather and climate including expected rain fall and how dry it is which effects the evaporation rate, the age of the plan and it’s species (which may determine how much water it requires on daily basis).  Before we give you a general, but by no means a hard and fast rule, to adding mulch on your gardens, we always recommend you check with your favourite fact finder (ie Google) to determine a species particular mulching method.

In general however, most arborists recommend that you place the mulch at least 5 centimetres thick, enough to hold in the moisture and stop evaporation, but no more than 10 centimetres thick, which can hold too much and not let the moisture escape, which has the potential to cause symptoms like root rot or allow other bacteria to thrive in the soil once continually wet.  As above, this may also be affected by the weather.  For example, a dry soil in dry conditions will let a lot of water pass through it, leeching into it’s surround which by you may require to add just that little bit extra mulch to prevent the evaporation of the moisture back into the air.  In the opposite, a consistently rainy and wet area, well, you may not even need to mulch much or at all.

Speaking of root rot, also remember not to place the mulch directly up against the tree trunk or bark areas of the plant.  Why?  This will trap moisture and may form a water barrier around the trunk.  Again, too much moisture may lead to root rot, in this case in a specific ring around the trunk.  An ongoing water supply and build-up of moisture can increase the rot to the point that bacteria and moulds take effect, damaging trees and even killer smaller and younger trees and plants. 

As the final advise we would just like to re-iterate that before you take into account any of the above information to always check what is best for the particular species (and further, given it’s age and the general climate of the area).

Ipswich Tree Lopper and Stump Removal
2 Atkinson Drive
Karana Downs QLD 4306
07 3186 8777