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Mulch Around Trees Good or Bad

Humanity uses trees in search of oxygen, shade and food. They play an incredibly important role in our lives. Often they are tall and sturdy, which can create a sense of security, which is why they often symbolize peace and protection. It takes several years for the trees to reach such a robust state and they rely on our care until they reach this state. Seedlings need water, pruning and a good layer of mulch around the trees.

Mulching trees is essential to ensure that the tree is happy and healthy, but there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings about it. The risk of excessive moisture on the bark of a tree trunk can be fatal for the tree. But if done correctly, mulching can make your tree thrive and improve the condition of the surrounding soil.

Let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages of mulching shrubs and trees, as well as the appropriate ways of applying mulch. There are good and bad ways to do this, as well as good and bad mulching materials.

Why should you mulch around trees?

Mulching trees brings many benefits. Whether it’s to prevent unwanted grass and weeds or to help the roots get more oxygen, there are many good reasons to spread mulch around the tree.

Reduce soil moisture loss

The soil around the tree should retain moisture, especially if the tree is young. The mulch around the tree is a key element to retain moisture. The sun evaporates the water when it descends, especially in the afternoon heat. A layer of soil will prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating the soil and keep the water in place longer.

Mulch is also responsible for moisture retention, which allows the soil to absorb more. If it is compacted, the water may drain and not absorb close enough to the tree. The mulch will help retain water around the tree.

Gradual improvement of the soil

Over time, a layer of mulch improves the quality of the soil. If you use organic mulch, it will decompose and add nutrients that will nourish the tree. The organic matter will also retain the nutrients that are already available, so you won’t have to apply fertilizers as often.

Mulch can prevent and reduce soil compaction around your tree. If you choose wood chips, pine needles or other bulky material, it will sink into the ground when you or the animals walk on it. The soil should be loose so that the roots grow more easily and have access to oxygen. Mulch is a fairly simple way to improve clay soils.

Prevention of erosion

Just as the soil helps to prevent soil compaction, it can also prevent soil erosion. If you’ve ever tripped over tree roots exposed by the weather, you can thank erosion for that. Wind, rain and sedimentation cause soil erosion and eventually expose the roots. The mulch will prevent this, which will help the tree roots stay protected and prevent you from falling. Thank you, mulch!

Lowering the soil temperature

No one likes it when it’s too hot outside and so do the trees. A thick layer of mulch should act as a conditioner and prevent the soil from overheating. This will allow the roots to function properly and will also promote root growth.

Decrease in the number of ailment

Mulch promotes the growth of useful fungi. Although many novice gardeners think that having a fungus in our midst is a bad thing, it is actually a sign that your soil is healthy and that mulch is doing the job. Some fungi suppress ailment and prevent pathogens, which will reduce the chances of infection of your tree.

They also prevent the spread of the ailment by acting as an obstacle course to the spread of the plague. Limited mobility will make it difficult for the pest to get to the tree.

Weather protection

Just as the Paquette prevents erosion and overheating of the soil, it will also protect the roots of the tree from direct damage caused by weather conditions. A few centimeters thick above the root system shelter them so that they are not exposed to the sun, heat or cold. Thus, the roots of the tree will remain safe.

Weed control

A few centimeters of turf can overwhelm grass, weeds and other plants that would otherwise consume nutrients that would be beneficial for the tree. If the grass or weeds are left intact, they can even inhibit the growth of the tree’s roots. In addition, grass and weeds are visually unattractive in the landscape, so it’s a win-win situation for you and your tree.

Mulching problems

You can use too much mulch and you will have problems. Using the appropriate amount, you will have a minimum of problems (if any), so be careful and use exactly as much as necessary. About how much to use, we’ll talk in the next section, and in the meantime, let’s look at what could go wrong.

Water damage

Mulch is used to retain water, but sometimes it can be too much. Deep mulch can prevent oxygen from reaching the trunk or root system of your plants. Young trees need more water than mature, but they should never be in soggy soil.

Damage caused by the plague

Beetle is a species of beetle in the family cerambycidae, the beetle borers that eat the bark of trees and can cause damage to the trunk. Protect the health of your tree trunk by keeping the mulch a few centimeters apart.

Damage caused by the ailment

Fungal and bacterial ailment can develop in a humid environment. We have already mentioned useful fungi in the mulch, but harmful fungi may also appear. It is important to monitor the humidity levels and create a kind of landscape barrier around the base of the trunk so that the mulch does not create a peril to the trunk.

Types of mulch

Before laying the mulch, choose the type of mulch you will use. We strongly recommend using organic buckets filled with organic materials, as they decompose over time and increase the nutrient content of your soil. Best of all, they will not harm the environment, as some synthetic buckets can do.

At a low price, or even for free, if you contact an arborist or a waste treatment center and ask them to buy.
Straw: Straw is light and decomposes quickly, so amateur gardeners prefer it, but it can certainly be used for trees and shrubs. You will have to update the layer frequently due to its rapid decomposition. The disadvantage is that it may contain seeds that will germinate.

Shredded leaves: Trees produce leaves, so why not take them back to the tree? If your own trees are not producing enough leaves, your neighbors will probably be grateful if you spare them. Grinding is essential to avoid compaction.

Pine Needles: Like shredded leaves, they are a great free re

source. They decompose slowly, so you will have to refresh the layer once or twice. They acidify the soil, which can cause a pH imbalance.

Plant remains: Husks and leftover cocoa, cotton seeds and buckwheat are an excellent choice for packaging in bags, but they have problems. They are expensive and can attract pests to humid regions. The cocoa pod will have a chocolate flavor, but can be toxic to pets.

If desired, you can use synthetic materials or mineral fertilizers around trees and shrubs, but they have their drawbacks. Mineral mulch, such as gravel or rocks, helps prevent soil compaction and action weeds perfectly, but you risk breaking a window with a lawn mower.

Synthetic mulch, such as black plastic, rubber or geotextile, prevents weeds and water evaporation, but can also cause water to enter the pool. Some of them also decompose under the influence of UV rays or contain pollutants that can harm the soil. They don’t send anything back to the ground as they decompose.

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