Since the mats may be cut with large shears or a small hand saw, the material can be sized by the user to fit around that large oak or maple or pine tree with a diameter larger than any tree ring can cover. The mats will protect the bottom of the tree from animals and from yard equipment and will give the tree a pleasant border.
The 3ft x 20 ft mat can also be used as a pathway in your yard instead of step stones or rocks. You may need to secure the mat to the ground with landscape spikes. If there is a portion of your yard that gets poor drainage or sunlight, the 4ft x 4ft rectangular mulch mat is a perfect ground cover.
Landscape architects, designers, and installers marvel at the many uses of the mulch mats. Projects have included locations such as hospitals, arenas, and college campuses to offer a reduced maintenance solution to areas that would normally require repetitive maintenance.
For companies looking to add mulch to their area consider that these mats can save you money versus regular loose mulch since it is an install it and forget it solution rather than requiring ongoing maintenance that accompanies loose mulch. Also these mats will not wash away in the rain. The mulch mat can be used as a walkway in certain moderate pedestrian traffic areas as well.
If you have a retention pond application where grass will not grow on the banks of the pond and you also experience erosion into the pond, then the rectangular mats, if secured well to the bank with landscape spikes, will solve the problem. Soil and water conservation districts have used the mats successfully for this situation.
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