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One of the easiest ways to increase the chances of survival for a newly planted tree is to place mulch around it. Continuing to refresh the mulch as the tree grows will help the tree grow to it’s full potential.
What Does Mulch Do?
Well-placed mulch around a tree has numerous benefits for the health of the tree including:
- A layer of mulch will help retain water in the soil.
- By covering the soil, mulch will prevent soil compaction, which can harm the tree’s roots.
- Mulch also regulates the temperature of the soil, protecting the roots from sudden changes in temperature.
- A tree with a circle of mulch around it will have less competition from weeds, grass, and be better protected from lawn mowers and weed wackers.
How to Properly Mulch a Tree
After planting a new tree or to benefit an established tree, follow the guidelines below to protect it with mulch:
- Make sure there is no grass or weeds within a circle around the trunk of the tree. The diameter of the circle will vary from 3-10 feet depending on the size of the tree, but must be a minimum of 3 feet. Increase the diameter of the circle by 1 foot for every inch of tree caliper.
- Spread mulch around the circle to a depth of 3-4 inches.
- Pull mulch away from the trunk so it is not touching the trunk.