While the many benefits and beauty of Redwood have long been understood and appreciated for shade structures, decks, and fences, Redwood Bark and Chips for soil blending (amendments) and landscaping applications are increasingly popular among homeowners, gardeners, and others wishing to create verdant, drought-tolerant surroundings. Some of the many benefits of choosing Redwood Bark and Chips include:
- All natural Redwood; no added colors, chemicals, or preservatives
- Renewable resource
- Excellent soil conditioning properties
- Excellent color retention for long-lasting beauty
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Sourced from well-managed forests certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
- Effective water retention for reduced water loss (evaporation)
- Stable on hill slopes and flat ground
- Effective, natural weed barrier
- Minimally processed
Emerald Peat™ is finely-ground Redwood Bark. Bark is removed from harvested Redwood logs prior to processing logs into lumber. The bark is triple ground to ensure a fine consistency. Emerald Peat is an excellent soil amendment, lending body to sandy or silt soils, loosening up clay soils, providing aeration to heavy soils, and increasing water retention and root penetration in all soil types. When compared against traditional soil amendments, namely Sphagnum Peat Moss and Coconut Coir, Emerald Peat is an excellent substitute. Sphagnum Peat Moss is a non-renewable resource from from peat bogs in Canada that take millennia to form. Coconut Coir is grown in ocean climates throughout Asia and can be high in salts, requiring significant washing (water usage) prior to its usability as a soil amendment.
Single-Grind Redwood Bark
Single-Grind Redwood Bark is processed similarly to Emerald Peat, however it is ground once for a rougher consistency. An attractive, deep reddish-brown color, Single-Grind Redwood Bark works extremely well on steep hillsides as it will remain in place. It also has a very low PH which helps suppress weeds.
Redwood Chips are made from the trim ends and other scraps from lumber processing. Because logs are round and lumber is square, scraps are unavoidable. Redwood Chips for landscaping is an excellent usage of this downfall and helps ensure that the entire Redwood tree is used. Redwood Chips appear as small rectangular pieces varying in color from red to yellow.
The Western U.S. is prone to drought conditions every few years. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has an excellent blog article on using mulches, such as Single-Grind Redwood Bark and Chips, to save water in home landscapes. You may read the article, Mulch the soil surface to save water in home landscapes on the UC ANR website. Videos and how to support is also available on the UC ANR YouTube Channel.
If your family is going to extremes to keep your lawn green, you might want to consider a better way to landscape around your home without sacrificing beauty. Consider using Single-Grind Redwood Bark and Chips! Look for these products at local landscape supply and gardening retailers.