You can cover trees with standard bark mulch, or you can use wood chips or shredded leaves. There's nothing wrong with using mulch with wood chips as long as you age them first. Mulching trees is crucial to ensuring that a tree is happy and healthy, but there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings on the subject. Inadequate mulching, such as a mulch volcano, can be fatal to the tree because of the risk of excess moisture entering the bark of the tree trunk.
But when done correctly, mulching can cause the tree to flourish and the surrounding soil to improve. 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.
Use the proper tips for covering the mulch in the next section below to make sure you're redistributing the mulch properly. Unfortunately, many people think that having a lot of mulch is good, so they create a mulch volcano around the base of the tree instead of spreading it over the root system. Volcanic mulching, also known as overpadding, is the improper mulching technique that stacks mulch around the tree against the tree trunk. Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of placing mulch around shrubs and trees, as well as the appropriate ways to apply mulch , ask the help of Tree Arborist to know the appropriate in applying mulch.
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. A slight raking of existing mulch may be all that is needed to refresh old mulch and break up compacted or crusty layers that may develop. Mulching mimics the natural environment found in forests, where leaves and branches cover the soil surface, replenishing nutrients as they decompose and creating an ideal environment for root growth.Cairns Tree Lopping Pros
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