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Why Mulching is Important for Trees

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Why Mulching is Important for Trees

 

The best friend of a newly planted tree is mulch! When planting your tree with The Living Urn’s biodegradable urn, or any tree for that matter, it is very important to add mulch as a final step.

Why is Mulch So Important for Your Tree?

  • Mulch provides insulation to soil creating a buffer from hot and cold temperatures

  • Mulch keeps moisture in the soil, which keeps the roots moist and healthy

  • The presence of mulch prevents weeds from growing and therefore prevents competition for the tree roots

  • Mulch keeps the soil from compacting

The Best Way to Add Mulch Around Your Tree

  • Remove all grass around the tree within a 1 metre radius

  • Generously lay out the natural mulch such as bark or wood chips covering the entire circle area - when finished, the mulch should be 5-10cm deep

  • Leave a little bit of space empty next to the tree trunk – you do not want the mulch touching the newly planted tree trunk

Organic vs. Inorganic Mulch – Which One is Best?

Mulch naturally occurs within any forest as leaves, twigs, fruits, and bark all fall to the forest floor and serve as mulch. In today’s gardening industry, companies attempt to replicate the natural mulch found in forests and mulch products can be found in both, organic and inorganic forms.

Organic mulch includes wood chips, straw, bark chips, and grass clippings. Inorganic mulch includes rocks, stones, plastic and pieces of brick.

Most arborists recommend the organic forms for the following reasons:

  • Decomposition:  Natural, organic mulch can decompose into humus, which also benefits tree growth and health

  • Water Retention: Organic mulch helps trees retain water in their roots, which is especially important during hot, dry summers

  • Effective Weed Reduction: Organic mulch has been proven to reduce the amount and frequency of weeds

  • Appearance:  Most people prefer organic mulch as it appears to be more “natural”

  • Cost: Most organic forms of mulch are affordable and can be found from local suppliers

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