The beauty of the OPPD Arboretum reflects the care and maintenance it receives on a regular basis.
The mulch that results from tree trimming is key. A contractor runs the trimmings through a wood chipper to make the mulch, said Mike Norris, OPPD forester.
Each year, about 480 cubic yards, or 40 truckloads, of mulch are applied to the 1,000 trees and shrubs at the arboretum located at 108th and Blondo streets.
“We mulch trees and shrubs year round as needed,” said Norris. “But the majority of trail and large mulch bed work is done through the off-season (November through February).”
Norris added that most of the wood chips come during late fall and winter when trees don’t have leaves. This produces a better quality mulch, he said.
Mulch provides several benefits for plantings at the arboretum. These benefits also translate to your home’s landscaping. Among them, mulch:
Norris offers the following advice for homeowners on how, when and why they should utilize mulch:
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