Mulch is placed around a tree by a tree and landscape professional from Independent Tree

Wood mulch is a layer of organic material used to cover the soil surface. This post answers all your questions about wood chips and wood mulch, how it benefits your garden, what to do (and not do!) with it, how to find it locally, and more.

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healthy organic soil being raked

Soil health has a huge impact on plant health and appearance. Keep your trees healthy by learning what soil is, how to identify healthy soil, ways to improve poor soil (most urban & suburban soil falls in this category), fertilizer use, and more.

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shrub with heading cuts

Protect the health and appearance of your trees by avoiding the most common pruning mistakes. It’s easy when you know the proper pruning techniques (including what NOT do to), the right tools to use, when to prune and why you’re doing it.

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green trees lining a path

We all appreciate trees – in a distracted, not-really-noticing-them kind of way. But did you know they not only provide shade, they also have the same cooling effect as 10 air conditioners, make you feel 7 years younger, lower crime, prevent erosion and increase your property value? And that’s just the beginning!

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lichen on branch

Lichen commonly grows on trees in northeast Ohio. Find out what lichen is, why it’s on your tree, if it’s harming the tree and what to do about it.

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mulch wood chips

Mulch is one of the least appreciated, but most important additions to the landscape, with many benefits for trees and your landscape. Unfortunately, it’s often used incorrectly, leading to plant disease, damage and even death. Learn what mulch is, how to use it and what to avoid.

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