Village Services > Mulch Giveaway
The Village maintains a supply of wood chips at the corner of Vista and
Winthrop Avenues, available to residents free of charge. Wood chips applied
around the base of plants and trees helps to retain the moisture in the soil,
hold down aggressive weed growth, return nutrients to the soil, prevents lawn
mowers from damaging plants and is visually attractive. The wood chip supply is
accessible at all times.
Full truck loads of mulch are available for delivery
by Public Works. To arrange for a weekday delivery, or for more
information, call 630/620-2020.
The Public Works Director is
Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a homeowner can do to keep trees
healthy. When applied properly, mulch helps maintain soil moisture, control
weeds, improve soil structure, insulate plant roots, and inhibit certain plant
diseases. Mulch also protects plants and trees from "weed whacker" damage and
lawnmower injuries - in addition to giving planting beds a uniform,
To ensure the health of your trees and plants, follow these practical mulching
For well-drained sites, apply a 2 to 4-inch
layer of mulch. If drainage problems exist, use a thinner layer.
If mulch is already present, check the depth.
Do not add mulch if there is already a sufficient layer (2 to 4 inches) in
place. Instead, rake the old mulch to break up any matted layers and refresh
Avoid placing mulch against the tree trunk. The mulch surrounding a
tree should resemble more to the likeness of a “crater” (thickest at the outer
edges and shallow in the center up to the root crown) opposed to a “volcano or
mound” (where mulch is mounded/piled up against the tree).
If mulch is already piled against the stems or
tree trunks, pull it back several inches so that the base of the trunk and the
root crown are exposed.
Mulch out to the tree’s drip line (branch
tips) or beyond if possible.
Organic mulches are preferable for their
Over-mulching, however, is one of the most
frequent landscaping mistakes made - often causing significant damage to the
tree. The International Society of
Arboriculture recommends a mulching depth of 2 to 4 inches, pulled away from the
trunk of the tree to expose the “flare” of the roots. Often times, small
entrepreneur landscape operations and ill-informed private homeowners pile mulch
high against tree trunks to create the popular (yet harmful) “volcano
look”. The root flare (crown) and portions of the trunk are no longer
visible as they are buried within the mulching material. Although the mounding
of mulch high around the trees may appear aesthetically pleasing to many
homeowners, reputable certified landscape contractors and arborists avoid such
poor plant-health-care practices. Too much mulch - be it layers deep or piled
high against tree trunks - can cause major problems and prove harmful in more
ways than one, including:
Excess moisture in the root zone, which causes
plant stress and root rot
Insect and disease problems
Micro-nutrient deficiency or toxicity
Smelly planting beds, caused by anaerobic
conditions and "sour" mulch
Habitat creation for rodents that chew bark
and girdle trees
Surface girdling root growth in the thick
decomposing mounds of mulch