Whole Tree Organic Mulch and the Soil Food Web
One of the best ways we can have a healthy variety of plants in our landscapes is to use organic mulch to replicate the natural, nutrient cycling processes that takes place on our Midwestern forest floors. The plant communities in our Midwestern forests, in large part owe their long-term health to an abundance of soil organic matter that is created and maintained by an interconnected web of biological activity both on and below the soil surface. It follows the logic that increasing amounts of soil organic matter supports a healthy soil food web which in turn supports a diverse set of healthy plants. So, why not do our part to be good stewards of this process in our own landscapes?