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How to Mulch Trees and Shrubs

Properly Mulching a Tree

Properly Mulching a Tree

 

Mulching is one of the best tings a homeowner can do to keep their trees healthy. Applying mulch retains moisture, provides nutrients, minimizes temperature fluctuation and reduces weeds.

 

Here are some guidelines for mulching trees:

 

  • Determine the area to be mulched. Plan to mulch at least to the drip line (the widest part of the tree). The roots are usually just inches below the soil and will absorb the nutrients.
  • If the area’s already been mulched check to see how deep it is. Loosen the old mulch to improve drainage and refresh the appearance. If it’s already 4 inches deep do not apply any more; if it’s not, mulch to a maximum of 4 inches deep.
  • Be careful not to mulch too deep. A thick layer can prevent air and water from getting to the roots.
  • If the mulch is up against stems or the tree trunk pull it back several inches until the base of the trunk and root crown show. This step will reduce stress on the stems and reduce insect, rodent and disease problems.
  • If this is the first time mulching or if there is very little mulch around the tree you may want to consider putting down a Landscape Fabric to further prevent weeds. AJT sells a geotextile with the latest technologies built in. Ask about our Fabriscape line.

 

Mulching is one of the best tings a homeowner can do to keep their trees healthy. Applying mulch retains moisture, provides nutrients, minimizes temperature fluctuation and reduces weeds.

Here are some guidelines for mulching trees:

·         Determine the area to be mulched. Plan to mulch at least to the drip line (the widest part of the tree). The roots are usually just inches below the soil and will absorb the nutrients.

·         If the area’s already been mulched check to see how deep it is. Loosen the old mulch to improve drainage and refresh the appearance. If it’s already 4 inches deep do not apply any more; if it’s not, mulch to a maximum of 4 inches deep.

·         Be careful not to mulch too deep. A thick layer can prevent air and water from getting to the roots.

·         If the mulch is up against stems or the tree trunk pull it back several inches until the base of the trunk and root crown show. This step will reduce stress on the stems and reduce insect, rodent and disease problems.