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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.
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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.

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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.