The use of tree mulching is one of the best practices available for healthy gardening and amazing landscaping. Some of the incredible benefits of wood mulching are listed below:
used to control weed growth
has the ability to cool the soil for root development
the mulch ultimately breaks down into organic matter or black gold to improve your heavy clay soils.
It is highly suggested that all the exposed soil in the landscape should be covered with 2 to 4 inches of mulch. Shredded wood from broken tree limbs can also be used for mulching
Does Wood Mulch Lead to Termites?
This is one of the most reasonable questions that arise regarding the relation of using wood mulches and the problem of termites. In order for the termites to feed, the wood mulch must have a moist, cool and enclosed environment. Mulch that lays on the surface of the soil heats up rapidly and dries out. It is the soil below that stays moist and cool. A mulch layer that is 3 to 4 inches deep inside the soil cannot become a termite haven and it should not be a big problem for you. If the mulch is buried in the soil deeper than 3 to 4 inches, then termites are likely to make it a source of food. So, in order to prevent this catastrophe, you should never place your wood mulch in contact with wood siding as it would start to decay and invite termites.
Wood mulch is a blessing in disguise for those of you who are in need of a cheap source of mulch. It will benefit your garden as well as the landscape in many ways. It just may not look the best.