MULCHING AROUND TREES, THE DO'S & DON'TS
The most convenient way to mulch trees in an urban landscape is to mimic their surroundings as closely as possible.
The Do’s as well as Don’ts of Mulching
Utilize mulch in the spring as soon as the ground has thawed, or maybe after planting.
Ensure the soil has appropriate drainage before mulching.
Apply much less mulch in cases where the tree is in a nutrient depleted area.
Clear a 3-10 feet circle around the base of the tree, totally free of grass, rocks or debris.
Before mulching, distribute compost within the circle and then water extensively.
Select natural mulch materials such as hardwood chips (from stump grinding), hardwood or softwood bark, composted leaves, straw and pine needles. Inorganic mulch (for instance pulverized rubber) won’t supply essential nutrients or improve soil quality.
Layer mulch 2-4 inches above the compost.
Use a rake to distribute the mulch evenly out to the side of the circle, making sure surplus mulch isn’t stacked up against the trunk of the tree.
You should not sprinkle a herbicide, such as Roundup, to destroy the grass.
Distribute mulch up to the tree’s trunk; this can be known as volcano mulching and can easily eventually kill your tree!
Always keep mulch away from the tree’s root sparkle, which is where the roots begin and the trunk finishes.
Make use of compost or mulch which is too “hot,” which means it hasn’t had adequate time to break down and even decompose (like fresh manure or perhaps fresh grass clippings).
Apply mulch too deep, which could cause root rot in moist soils.
Use fine mulch, which could limit the penetration of air and also water as it will become compacted.
Mulch before the ground freezes, which produces the best protection for rodents and even pests searching for a warm winter hideaway.
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