Right now the state of Ohio is under a full-on fungal assault of its oak trees. The culprit, Oak Wilt Disease, is a deadly fungus that effects every oak species and has been found in the majority of Ohio's 88 counties.
A common way tree companies repurpose trees is by turning them into wood chips and selling or giving them away. Wood chips can be beneficial to your yard, but as with anything that's free, there can be a hidden cost.
Mulching your trees, especially younger ones, is a great way to help maintain their health and beauty. Mulch helps retain moisture, protect roots from extreme heat or cold, control the spread of weeds, prevent soil compaction, and reduce the risk of lawn mower damage.
As common as mulching is, it’s often done incorrectly – potentially causing irreversible damage.