Too Mulch of a Good Thing

Mulch can benefit flowerbeds and shrubs, but for some reason tree-lovers go crazy pouring mountains of mulch under trees. We’ve seen this done by professional landscape maintenance crews who really should know better.

Bad mulching – “mulch volcano” covers trunk.

What’s the point?
Here’s a question we’ve been asked more than once: why do we need to mulch at all, when the trees in the forest get along fine without mulch? Well, not all trees in the wild are getting along fine. Some are healthy, some are stunted and sickly, some are dying. Most of us have higher standards for the trees on our property.

  • Prevents soil compaction in the root zone
  • Reduces root competition from weeds
  • Improves soil fertility (with right mulch)
  • Eliminates trunk injuries by mowers
  • Retains water, keeping roots moist
  • Protects roots from heat and cold
  • Beautifies your property
  • Prevents soil erosion

Good mulching – root flare exposed.

Mulch can help, and here’s how:Here’s the real reason “mulch volcanoes” are bad.
The root flare at the bottom of the trunk is covered with bark, which is great when above ground but offers poor protection against damp soil and mulch. The tree can become stressed and weakened, and the constantly moist bark invites fungus, disease and insects. Finally, surface roots can actually grow upward, sometimes girdling and strangling the tree as its diameter increases.

If you want our experts to protect your trees with a mulch ring of the right diameter, the right depth, with exposed root flare, and with a high-quality mulch that will decompose in a beneficial way, go to our service request page and check the “Mulching & Edging” box to schedule a visit from our mulchbusting team! And don’t forget, we also do edging, planting, composting, weeding, and cleanup.