Does mulch touch tree trunk?

Never let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree. Place the mulch layer on the ground about 4 to 6 inches from the bottom of the trunk.

Does mulch touch tree trunk?

Never let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree. Place the mulch layer on the ground about 4 to 6 inches from the bottom of the trunk. The root flare, where roots begin to enter the soil at the base of the trunk, should be visible after the mulch is spread. Simply spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch evenly around the tree and leave a few inches around the tree trunk to expose the bell-shaped root.

Make sure that no mulch touches the trunk itself. The ideal is to mulch up to the drip line of a tree. As mentioned, applying too much mulch can be very problematic for the overall health of trees. We recommend that mulch be stacked no more than 3 or 4 inches off the ground.

It's also imperative to keep the mulch away from the base of the tree, creating the appearance of a doughnut-shaped hole around the tree with the surrounding mulch. We recommend keeping mulch approximately 12 to 18 inches away from the trunk of any tree. Ideally, the mulch around the tree would spread along the branches or over an area of at least 4-5 feet in diameter around the tree trunk. The larger the area covered with mulch, the more beneficial.

A thinner layer of mulch over a larger area is much better than a mulch volcano for the health and longevity of the tree. Volcanic mulching, also known as overpadding, is the improper mulching technique that stacks mulch around the tree against the tree trunk. If you have smaller trees or trees that have only had volcanic mulch for a few years, you can probably dig up the mulch yourself with some garden tools. For more info about tree mulching check out this Link here.

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