Homeowners often take great care of their garden beds and small plants. However, they neglect their trees for some reason. There seems to be this idea that because a tree is so imposing in size that it’s perfectly capable of self-care. While there is some truth to this, a tree can be so much healthier when you take an active role. Tree mulching is a good place to begin.
Why Mulch Your Tree?
Mulching is an integral part of tree maintenance. It greatly improves tree health by:
- Preventing soil compaction
- Keeping out weeds, which in turn prevents root competition
- Keeping the root moist by retaining water
- Insulating the soil to provide a buffer from extreme temperatures, a definite plus since winter is here
Tree mulching is advantageous for a tree’s health. A healthy tree has a stronger base and can better stand up to the ravages of winter weather. Storms and heavy winds, as you may know, are all too common in the Pacific Northwest during winter. Our emergency tree service often removes trees damaged by severe weather. We can attest that almost all of these trees were in less than ideal health.
How to Mulch a Tree
Mulch should be two to three inches thick and be applied about six inches away from the base of the trunk. Mulch against the trunk can cause too much moisture retention, leading to the growth of fungus. Apply mulch in a circular formation with a diameter of at least three feet.
So, what are the best types of mulch? We prefer natural sources, such as bark, wood chips, hay, compost, pine needles, and shredded newspaper. Yes, we consider newspaper a natural source since it’s made from trees. Don’t worry about the ink since most inks are made from soy and easily break down.
Start the New Year with a Healthy Tree
2017 will be here soon. A good resolution is to care for all forms of vegetation on your property that contribute to the curb appeal. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service if you need assistance tree mulching or need to remove a tree that’s decaying.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Tree Mulching and Other Tree Care Services
Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area