Valley Box wood scrap becomes wood mulch, which is shredded wood placed onto disturbed soils. Wood mulching protects bare soil and offers these benefits:
- Prevent loss of water from the soil by evaporation
- Reduce the growth of weeds, when the mulch material itself is weed-free and applied deeply enough to prevent weed germination or to smother existing weeds.
- Keep the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus maintaining a more even soil temperature.
- Prevent soil splashing, which not only stops erosion but keeps soil-borne diseases from splashing up onto the plants.
- Organic mulches can improve the soil structure. As the mulch decays, the material becomes topsoil. Decaying mulch also adds nutrients to the soil.
- Prevent crusting of the soil surface, thus improving the absorption and movement of water into the soil.
- Prevent the trunks of trees and shrubs from damage by lawn equipment.
- Help prevent soil compaction.
- Can add to the beauty of the landscape by providing a cover of uniform color and interesting texture to the surface.
- Plants have more roots than plants that are not mulched, because mulched plants will produce additional roots in the mulch that surrounds them.
Mulching is one of the most important ways to maintain a healthy plant. It was natures idea first, and we're just supporting it. Valley Box chooses to incorporate sustainable business practices by recycling all wood scrap with San Diego's Waste Management Company. Visit our “Green Business" page to learn more!