Most homeowners underestimate the importance of mulch and what it can do for not only their landscape, but their trees as well. The way you use mulch in your landscaping can either be helpful or harmful to your foliage and plants, so it’s important to know the right and wrong ways to go about it!
First of all, you need to understand why we use mulch in our gardens and around trees that we are trying to keep up with.
Mulch is essential to many trees’ health. It can insulate the soil beneath the surface to keep the underground and root-level temperature constant throughout different seasons and outdoor temperatures. If it is too cold outside, the mulch can actually insulate the tree’s roots during the winter, allowing the roots and soil to stay warmer than what they would be able to without mulch.
Mulch can also help with keeping the rain water in that has fallen around the tree. Whenever you have tree that has recently been planted in an area, you want to give it as much opportunity as possible to get rooted, begin to take in as many nutrients as possible, and get enough water. Using mulch is a great way to do all of this because it can keep an rain water or hose water within the reach of the roots of the tree.
Another great aspect of mulch is to actual provide a good, natural defense for the tree. You many be thinking, “what does the tree need to be defended from”? Well, there are actually MANY things that can attack and harm trees including insects, too much sun exposure, wether elements, natural disasters and weeds.
For this topic, we’ll be discussing how mulch can keep weeds out of the equation. Whenever you mulch around a particular tree, you are helping it keep weeds out from around the soil where the tree’s roots are growing. Having weeds in the soil where a tree is trying to grow can restrict the tree’s growth and ultimate hurt the health of the tree. This can be very disadvantageous to the tree and any surrounding foliage that you are wanting to grow as well.
Another thing that your tree may need defense from is man-made dangers such as landscaping and lawn mowers. Now, most landscapers and lawn mowers have the best of intentions, but it is true that lawn mowers can severely damage trees by running over and cutting roots as they are trying to grow.
In many cases, roots can become exposed above ground, and in that case, they are more susceptible to all of the dangers previously mentioned such as weather, lawn mowers, insects, etc. Tree service experts will be able to tell you when mulch is needed!