Wood chip mulch provides an immediate, cumulative, and incredible
change for any landscape.
Bare soil is harmful
Bare soil allows the sun to beat down on the earth and degrade it. Any chance of life is squandered and the topsoil becomes dust. This exposes the land to be easily eroded from rain and wind which also degrades any development of soil ecology that may have gotten to occur. The soil becomes more and more challenging to develop. Mother Nature wants to be covered.
Move beyond rock-based mulch
Often, I see excessive rock mulch use in the Verde Valley. This can be a good option, as it is a strong erosion control and it shades the underlying soil. Rock mulch can also, over time, add minerals to your soil. But rock mulch also accumulates more heat and is often controlled to stay bare through additional herbicide use. Rock mulch perpetuates the desolate, desert environment that some are forcing to keep bare and hot. What we want to do is promote succession towards a the desert ecosystem that this environment so desperately wants to move towards. This includes organic mulching.
Rock mulch is valuable for heavy erosion control. Great for paths as well as keeping the structure of natural drainage systems intact.
Organic matter blankets our soil with life