Mulch

The Cedar Eater shreds any material into a variety of textures, from coarse to fine interlocking as it falls. The mulch left behind will hold soil in place during heavy rains preventing soil erosion and creates ground cover that can be driven on by trucks and various other types of equipment. The mulch also acts as an insulator keeping soils cooler during the heat of the summer and warmer during the winter.  As the mulch ages it breaks down adding beneficial nutrients to the soil that will promote healthy native grass growth even during extensive droughts.

The mulch slows evaporation, keeping the soil surface moist for long periods, allowing native grass seeds to sprout.
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The soil mulching effects are as good or BETTER than most other organic mulches.
Acidic nature of cedar mulch.

There are many benefits that come from the mulch left behind by one of our Cedar Eater machines. Cedar mulch is acidic and it contains elements that aid in the breakdown of alkaline based limestone that is prevalent in the Texas Hill Country along the Edwards Plateau. As the mulch decomposes into compost, nutrients are made available via micro organisms living under the mulch.

This process eventually creates more topsoil on your property ensuring that your family will be able to enjoy it for the generations to come.

To learn more about this we suggest visiting Malcolm Beck’s website listed below.

Link to Malcolm Beckwww.malcolmbeck.com/articles/Cedar.htm

Mulch is beneficial for oaks.

When working in heavy oak motts the mulch serves as a hardwood tree care staple aiding in the retention of moisture and keeping the root systems cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  It has been said that mulch reduces water evaporation by 25 to 50% allowing nearby oaks to continue getting moisture during extensive droughts.

We have personally seen the effects of this with some of our past clients who have experienced severe drought conditions. In many cases, nearly every tree on their properties had succumbed to drought conditions except those that had been mulched around from previous years.
Cedar mulch is a natural insect repellant.

The acidic nature of cedar mulch serves as a natural deterrent to various types of insects like slugs, snails, and moths.  This is typically why you see cedar mulch used heavily in landscaping.  The mulch left behind by our machines can also be beneficial to the animals on your property as oil from the cedar mulch repels fleas, ticks, and other biting insects.  This is why you will often find your animals bedding down in the areas where we have mulched.

Will grass grow through the mulch?

To answer the question, YES grass does grow through the mulch.  In fact, the mulch actually promotes grass growth with its ability to retain moisture.  The key is that mulch must be between 1 to 3 inches thick.  If the density of the mulch exceeds this then it can take a great deal of time for it to break down enough to allow the native grasses to overtake it.

You can speed up the process by broadcasting native grass seed over the mulch.  However this typically won’t work without rain.  We suggest letting the area “rest” meaning no grazing for a year after we have performed our mulching service.  This gives your native grass seeds that are currently on your property a chance to settle in and thrive in their new recovering environment.

We also know that not everyone can let their property rest therefore we performed a photo log taken from the same property over a 4 year time span.  This property was a total of 1200 acres that was grazed moderately with 20 to 30 head of cattle and a few horses. The photos show the progression of grass growth from day 1 to year 4 after an area had been mulched.

The cedar trees removed and mulched allows the stocking rate of pastureland to greatly increase and the ranchers can profit.

Rainfall also aids in the recovery of grass, you can see immediate results with grass recovery even with a little amount of rain.  During our drought years we often noticed that the areas with greenest grass on the property were located in the areas with mulch on the ground.  Due to the extraordinary ability of mulch retaining what little moisture we were getting.

 

Just to give you an idea of what a little bit of rain can do.  This photo was taken 1 month after we had mulched an area and we had received nearly 4 to 5 inches of rain during that same month.  The mulch in this area varied between 1.5 an 3 inches thick.

Native Grasses

In areas that do not already have an abundance of native grasses then it may require some additional native grass seeding in order to get native grasses established again. This is mainly located in areas that have been heavily overgrazed or in areas of bare caleche ground with no topsoil.

We do not provide seeding services mainly because we feel that weather should be conducive for seeding. In many cases especially during the drought years it has been hard to time the broadcasting of native grass seed to ensure that it will take hold. The landowner will have a better handle of when conditions are right for their property and may have a better success rate then we can provide.