Applying an Effective Mulch to Your Newly Planted Trees
Applying mulch may seem like a hard task but it’s not. You just need to learn the best practices and see your newly planted trees growing healthy and strong due to effective mulch. We’ll share with you a few simple yet effective mulching tips to get started.
Know how much mulch to apply
In most cases, the tree will do with two to four inches of mulch; that’s all you need. You can start by spreading the mulch around your trees around two to four inches evenly on the perimeter of the tree. Then take a rake or shovel and pull the mulch out to the edges of the tree’s canopy. Remember that when you apply too much mulch on the tree, you can cause damage. Too little mulch, on the other hand, will leave the soil exposed as it wears out fast.
Inspect the area before applying mulch
To know the amount of mulch that a tree needs, you may want to inspect its soil conditions. You may also want to check the soil composition before applying mulch. If the tree is planted in clay soil, it’s likely to require a thinner layer of mulch. However, trees that are planted in sandy soils will need between four and five inches of mulch.
Don’t mulch close to the tree trunks
One bad mulch application habit that needs to stop is piling mulch against the tree trunk. Doing this will promote insect infestation and disease-causing organisms to invade the tree. Remember that the tree requires space to breathe. Your local arborist will recommend leaving the trunk as well as the root crown exposed when applying mulch. This helps to ensure there is adequate airflow and drainage and that the tree continues to grow healthy.
Since applying mulch is an excellent landscaping technique for your newly planted trees, it is best to hire a professional landscaping company for the job. If you would like to make an appointment with our landscaping service for a mulching service, contact Earth Scape at (850) 232-7548 if you live in the Pensacola, FL region.