In an ongoing endeavor to create a more healthy and vibrant “green ribbon” in West Houston, The Energy Corridor District is undertaking an extensive program to re-mulch planting beds along a seven-mile stretch of IH-10, from east of Kirkwood to west of Barker Cypress.
Truckloads of nourishing mulch are being top-dressed to the long lines of beds The District planted and maintains, keeping the area green and less hospitable to unwanted weeds.
“The process improves soil conditions by top dressing beds with hardwood mulch that decomposes into future amendments for trees and other plant material,” explains Robert Rayburn, landscape architect for The Energy Corridor District. “This layer of organic plant material also helps The District maintain beds and reforestation areas as it can prevent less desirable plant growth from germinating and colonizing.”
Mulching also reduces wind and heat exposure, which can minimize moisture loss in the upper layers of the soils, says Rayburn.
“This effort mimics to a degree the process that occurs in the natural world,” he explains.
The extensive re-mulching is just one of many ongoing vegetation management programs performed by The Energy Corridor District to enhance West Houston’s ecosystem. Earlier this year, District crews planted more than 900 trees along IH-10.