Summer temperatures are soaring high across the Carolinas. Due to high temperatures, it’s the perfect time to make sure your mulch is properly placed! Just as sunblock protects and preserves our skin, mulch works very much the same for trees and plants. Protect and preserve trees on your property with our top 4 mulching tricks.
- Water trees & plants before starting your mulching project.
- Spread mulch to a depth of 3- 4 inches under trees, shrubs, and throughout planting beds for medium to coarse textured materials.
- Leave 1 -2 inches of space from the base of tree and shrub trunks. Do not pile it up against the trunk (“volcano mulching”). Excessive mulch on the trunk causes moisture to build up, creating ideal conditions for insect pests, diseases, and decay.
- Extend the mulched area around to the trees drip line of the branches, or at least cover a 4-5 foot diameter area around the trunk. The larger the mulched area, the more beneficial.