Mulch is a great way to keep trees and shrubs healthy and looking their best. However, improper installation can actually harm them. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re mulching correctly:
- Start with a clean slate: Remove any old mulch or debris from around the base of the tree or shrub before applying new mulch.
- Create a donut, not a volcano: Spread the mulch in a donut shape around the base of the tree or shrub, leaving a few inches of space around the trunk or stem. Do not pile the mulch against the trunk or stem in a volcano shape, as this can trap moisture and encourage rot and disease.
- Use the right amount: Apply a layer of mulch that is no more than 3 inches deep. Too much mulch can block air and water from reaching the roots, which can suffocate the tree or shrub.
- Choose the right mulch: Use a high-quality organic mulch from a reputable supplier, which will decompose over time and improve soil health.
- Renew regularly: Mulch should be refreshed annually or as needed. Remove any old, compacted mulch and add a new layer to maintain the recommended depth.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your trees and shrubs are properly mulched and protected.