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Menomonie
Traditional Yet Progressive

Tree Care

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.

Tree Watering:

  • 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.

 


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