Trees can greatly enhance the appeal and value of any property as long as they are properly cared for and kept in good condition. Because trees typically grow very well with little maintenance, many homeowners make the mistake of completely neglecting their trees, especially during their most vulnerable early years. Lack of proper care can cause trees to weaken, become less vibrant, and become more susceptible to diseases and pests. One of the easiest and most effective ways to give trees the care that they need is to properly mulch them. Properly mulching your trees will provide the following benefits:

 

  • Moisture conservation
  • Weed control and decreased competition
  • Temperature maintenance
  • Protection
  • Aesthetic appeal

Moisture conservation

Mulching your trees is one of the best ways to help conserve moisture and keep your tree from drying out. Mulch discourages water run-off and it also increases the capacity of light soils to hold water. Mulching allows you to decrease the frequency of watering while increasing the amount of water that stays in the soil.

Weed control and decreased competition

Proper mulching can discourage the growth of weeds and keep the area around your trees free from competing grass. Weeds and grass compete for the nutrients and water that your trees need, so it is important to keep them at bay with the help of mulch.

Temperature maintenance

Significant changes in temperature can shock the roots of your trees, so it is important to control the ground temperature with a layer of mulch that is 3-4 inches deep. Maintaining temperature by mulching will help protect your trees from temperature shock.

Protection

Adding a layer of mulch around your trees will help protect the base of your trees from damage caused by lawn mowers or weed whackers.

Aesthetic appeal

A layer of richly-colored mulch will add significantly to the aesthetic appeal of your property. Just remember that mulch degrades over time, so be sure to reapply it every year to experience the maximum beauty and benefits.

Mulching dos and don’ts

Remember the saying “you can never have too much of a good thing”? Well, this saying does not apply to mulching. If you pile up too much mulch around your trees, you will rob them of valuable oxygen. As a rule of thumb, only apply 2-4 inches of mulch over clean soil. Make sure you remove weeds before applying your mulch, and consider laying down landscape fabric to discourage the future growth of weeds. You can apply your mulch during any time of the year, but it is recommended that you apply it during mid-spring when root-growth has had a chance to occur. To find out more about how to properly mulch your trees, contact Tom Day Tree Service at tomdaytreeservice.com.