If you are only going to do one thing for your trees this spring to ensure they remain healthy and thriving - Mulch Ring! Lucky for us it is also one of the most inexpensive things we can do for our trees. Mulch rings, of course, are very simply a large ring of mulch surrounding the base of the tree where grass and other plants are kept out.
Do's and Don'ts...
for effectively mulching your trees
DO put down approximately 2" of mulch
DO extend your mulch ring as far out to the drip line as is feasible in your situation (to the edge of the canopy at least)
DO use organic mulch that is slightly composted
DON'T use chemically treated mulch
DON'T push mulch to the trunk of the tree (keep it 3"- 6" away!)
DON'T build "berms" for new trees - it keeps water in the inside, and prevents outward root growth.
Well, there you have it. Mulch is one of the best things you can do for your trees as it not only insulates the soil, keeps weeds and grasses from competing, but it also feeds the soil as it breaks down, improving its condition and thereby keeping your trees healthy and thriving.
Thanks to our friends at US Tree Care for all this great information. Visit their website for more great tree care tips.