The beauty and quality of trees is largely dependent on the maintenance homeowners provide, from watering and pruning, to fertilization. While Kelley Tree Service provides technical tree trimming services, homeowners can do their part to ensure their trees remain healthy for decades to come. Properly mulched trees improve soil conditions and reduce overall maintenance.
1. Apply the Right Amount of Mulch
Current soil conditions often dictate the amount of mulch you want to lay down for your trees. To assess soil condition, look for drainage, soil composition, and grading.
You can lay down between two to four inches of mulch for trees that are planted within average soil conditions (good drainage & organic mix). You should lay down four to five inches of mulch for trees planted in sandy soils, while a much thinner layer is required for clay soil. Too much mulch may harm your trees, while if you don’t apply enough, it will wash away quickly, leaving the soil exposed.
2. Leave Space Between the Tree Trunk & Mulch
Laying your mulch up against the tree trunk has negative impacts on your tree’s health and longevity, from insect infestation to tree disease. We suggest leaving the tree trunk and root crown exposed to the air and uncovered by mulch. Once mulch has been laid down, be sure to check regularly for any mulch that may have shifted back over the trunk.
3. Choose the Right Type of Mulch
Trees benefit most from organic-based mulch, which includes mulched leaves, wood chips, and composted materials. While fresh wood chips are very popular and work well on more mature trees, avoid using them on younger trees.
Mulching your trees should be a common part of every homeowner’s tree maintenance routine.
To learn more about the types of tree work that Kelley Tree Service provides, such as tree-trimming and pruning, arborist services, tree removal and stump grinding, or to schedule a free estimate, call us today 617-953-5357, or fill out our online contact form.
Kelley Tree Service is a US Veteran-Owned tree company proudly serving our Massachusetts neighbors in Greater Boston, the North Shore and Cape Ann.