The Importance of Mulching:
- Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat & cold temps.
- Mulch retains water helping to keep the roots moist.
- Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
- Mulch prevents soil compaction.
- Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.
Steps to Adding Mulch Around Your Tree
- Add mulch to the base of your tree by removing any grass within a 3 to 10 foot area depending on the size of your tree.
- Pour natural mulch such as wood chips or bark pieces 2-4 inches deep within the circle.
- Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.
- For new trees, water immediately after planting
- During the first two years: provide water & covering the soil with wood-chip mulch. Deep watering can help speed the root establishment.
- How much: Moist soil & not soggy-do this by feel.
- Soil moisture can be check by using a garden trowel & inserting it into the ground to a depth of 2", & then move the blade of the trowel back & forth to create a small narrow trench. Then used your finger to touch the soil. If it is moist to the touch, then they do not need water.
- Watering trees after the first two years, since the roots are established the tree can withstand a wider range of water conditions including on its own because it has a proper root structure.