Garden mulch can be very beneficial for your trees, provided you lay it down properly. If you don’t, the mulch can actually damage your trees. Let’s talk about garden mulch and your trees. We here at Gordon Pro Tree Service want to make sure you reap all the rewards of this useful landscaping element.
The Pros of Tree Mulch
Mulch around your trees and throughout your garden offers many benefits. These benefits not only make your flora happier; they can make you happier, too. You see mulch being used throughout your neighborhood and in many public spaces and the reason why is simple: Mulch helps maintain the gardens without any effort on the gardeners’ parts. Mulch helps to
- Conserve water
- Improve soil condition
- Reduce weed growth
- Retain soil moisture
When the above benefits combine, you have healthy trees growing in moisture-controlled soil that allows them to retain the water they need to sweat. Yep. Trees sweat through their leaves when they’re hot. Mulch also encourages photosynthesis, a crucial function of plant life, and, because the ground stays moister longer underneath the mulch, it reduces your water usage and water bill.
The problem with mulching is some people take these advantages and erroneously believe that the more mulch you lay down the more benefits you’ll reap. This isn’t true. In fact, too much mulch can actually cause disease and tree death, which is why it’s important to lay down the mulch around your trees properly. To do so, you must avoid what is called “volcano mulching” by
- Spreading the mulch flatly and evenly underneath your trees
- Only laying the mulch 3 to 4 inches deep
- Creating a donut with the mulch using the tree trunks as the donut holes
- Ensuring no mulch touches the tree trunks.
- Covering the ground underneath the trees 4 to 5 feet in diameter
If you pile the mulch around and up against the trunk, you’ve just volcano mulched. This traps moisture on the tree trunk and will cause the trunk to mildew. If you pile the mulch too high, your trees’ roots will grow upward in search of precious oxygen. A thin layer of mulch around the tree that doesn’t touch the trunk is the best way to mulch. Think flat, not coned.
Gordon Pro Tree Service in Buford, GA, is your tree expert. We’d be happy to discuss the best ways to keep your trees happy and healthy all summer long. Calls us at 770-282-1616.