Used as an alternative to or in conjunction with prescribed fire or herbicide treatment, mulching encourages timber growth and early successional habitat by removing invasive species, reducing competition, disturbing the soil and seed bank and allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor.
Mechanical mulching can be a lot more expensive than prescribed fire, but it has benefits fire doesn’t offer. The mulched material deters erosion, traps moisture and breaks down to add organic material to the soil.
Mulching is a fast and safe method to control:
- A thick timber stand understory
- Large non-beneficial trees or shrubs
- Too high or too low fuel loads for burning
Mulch to control the understory and create a healthy forest.