While traditional methods of clearing disturb the soil, forest mulching leaves the soil structure and tree roots intact. The top layer of mulch prevents wind and water from eroding the soil below. A forest grinder grinds vegetation flush with the ground, leaving a protective layer of mulch as it progresses, all in one pass. It will immediately leave a layer of organic material that is both functional and attractive.
Forest mulch is a property improvement that also helps prevent soil erosion and also acts as a fire damper. Mulching also helps restore grasses, increases PH levels and reduces soil acidity, making it a benefit to the soil as well as creating a more attractive landscape. Controlled burning is a recognized and efficient way to reduce the accumulation of weeds and overgrown “forest litter”, which can cause destructive and uncontrollable wildfires. It can reduce insect populations, destroy invasive plants, and ash returns nutrients to the soil.
By opening the forest canopy, sunlight can penetrate the forest floor and help young trees and forage plants to grow, providing a food base for wildlife. After cutting down trees and weeds, there remains plant matter that is also called organic mulch. This mulch will slowly decompose and deposit nutrients in the soil. Recycling these nutrients to return them to the soil is an excellent way to aid the regeneration and restoration of the soil by improving the condition of the soil.
Forest mulch can be done plant by plant, where each shrub is covered with mulch in its original place. Whether it's hot, cold, humid, or dry, forest mulching can be done in even the most challenging terrain and conditions. In addition, because mulch is an organic material that breaks down over time, landowners who use it often improve soil fertility by providing essential nutrients that serve future vegetation well. Today's forest mulching cleans the ground with a specialized forest mulching machine.
Both areas are sparsely covered with grass, clover and wild strawberry; however, the mulched area has nearly two inches of rich black topsoil, the equivalent of many decades of leaf litter in a typical Appalachian forest. When a mulching method is used, it leaves the soil structure intact and the covered material acts as a barrier against erosion.