If you are planting a new tree, then one of the most important things you can do for it is mulching. This cheap solution can be done without the help of an arborist. Mulch is a layer of organic material that you add to the surface of the soil. It works to conserve soil moisture, reduce weeds, and improve the overall health of the soil and therefore the health of your plants. When you have a new tree that needs all the nutrition it can get to grow; mulch is an incredibly important part of that process.
Mulch is made up of all organic material. Depending on what kind of mulch you purchase it may include bark – either shredded or chipped, compost, grass clippings, shredded leaves, composted manure, newspaper, and straw. Considering that it is organic, mulch will decompose over time. The more moisture that is in the mulch, the faster it decomposes and the more it improves your soil’s fertility.
When you are mulching a tree then the best type of mulch to go with is bark. Considering that you will not have to be continuously moving the mulch around as you would be doing if you were planting a flower garden. Bark mulch does not decompose as fast as other mulches, and it does an excellent job of keeping water from evaporating from the soil, which will keep your sprouting tree growing strong.
One of the reasons that mulch is so important for growing trees is because as the mulch decomposes, it leeches nitrogen, potassium, and other nutrients to the tree’s roots. Trees need these nutrients as well as water and sunlight to grow. In forests, natural decay acts as mulch for growing trees, but in urban environments, we have to provide the mulch for our trees.
Another thing that mulch does is ward off competing plants, grasses, and weeds. When a tree is growing it does not need competing roots taking up precious real estate. Other plants impede the tree’s roots from growing and sap up water and nutrients that the tree needs.
When you are laying down mulch, you have to do it properly if you want to get all the benefits. In fact, too much mulch can kill the very tree that you are trying to take care of and encourage to grow. When you are laying down mulch, you need to spread it 2 inches to 4 inches deep. It also cannot come in contact with the trunk of the tree. This is because the trunk of the tree is vulnerable to decay and if water gets trapped by mulch at the trunk of the tree, it can die. Apply mulch to the dripline of the tree and even further out if you can.
The team at Arbor Care Tree Services wants your little tree to grow up big and strong. Once you’ve planted your trees, our Oakville arborist team is happy to come trim your tree when it grows up as well as provide deep root feeding and general tree services. Contact us today, and we will help you get your yard ready for spring.