Why It’s Important to Mulch

MulchingDid you just plant a new tree on your property? If you haven’t done it already, you should consider putting down some mulch around the base of the tree. Mulch will help your tree to retain water by keeping the roots underneath of the ground moist. This will provide it with all of the water that it needs at the beginning of its life, and it will obviously help your tree to grow big and strong. And this isn’t the only reason to put mulch down. Check out some of the other reasons why it’s so important.

Mulch will serve as insulation for the soil surrounding your tree.

Depending on where you live, your tree will likely be subjected to both hot and cold temperatures throughout the course of the year. Mulch serves as a blanket for the soil that surrounds your tree and prevents the temperature from having too much of an effect on it. It will keep the soil warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Mulch will help prevent weeds from growing around your tree.

The last things that you want growing around a new tree are weeds. Not only will weeds look unsightly when they are surrounding a tree, but they will also provide competition for the tree when it comes to food and water. Weeds can steal food and water from your tree and stop it from getting all of the nutrients that it will need. Mulch can reduce weeds and allow your tree to take all the nutrients it needs from the soil.

Mulch will protect your tree from potential damage done by a lawnmower.

When you have a new tree in your yard, you should keep lawnmowers and other pieces of lawn equipment away from it. Putting down mulch is one of the best ways to do this. Mulch will serve as a barrier between your lawn and the base of your tree.

There are some steps you will need to take when putting down mulch to avoid problems with it. For example, you should resist the urge to pile the mulch too high, and you should also try to stop the mulch from touching your tree trunk directly. VistaPro Landscape & Design can help you lay down your mulch properly and give you more tips for caring for your new tree. Call us at 301-805-0119 in DC Metro, 410-878-2100 in Annapolis, or 703-652-4545 in Virginia today to learn more about our landscaping services.

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