Forestry Mulching Invasive Honeysuckle Shrubs
Invasive bush honeysuckle had taken over all the open space down this long driveway.
The shrub layer was thick under the tree canopy, with tangled branches covering up the rolling hills, a passing stream, and other features of the landscape unseen beneath all the honeysuckle.
Forestry Mulching Solution
We proposed forestry mulching a 30′ clearing on either side of the driveway. The clearing would extend all the way from the road to the home. There were the added challenges of existing trees on the forest floor, and small trees all around the area.
With the proposal accepted, we got to work mowing all invasive shrubs down to ground level, leaving a mulch layer to help protect and feed root systems of the existing trees.
Forestry mulching (or forestry mowing) asian bush honeysuckle has advantages over simple removal. With mulching, the energy taken up by the honeysuckle gets returned to the soil over time as the organic material breaks down. This adds nutrients to the soil food web, greatly benefiting tree roots below, and the native ecosystem in general.
Foresty mulch also reduces soil erosion by covering newly exposed areas of ground that the honeysuckle used to cover. With the honeysuckle removed, the natural water and nutrient cycles are restored.