Fall is a great time to take care of your trees! Trees need to prepare for winter, and there are some things you can do to help them out. Make sure to trim any dead branches, water regularly, and add mulch around the tree’s base. But, how can you choose the right mulch? Nature’s Select Triangle is here to help you out!
What is Mulch?
Mulch is a material that’s spread around trees and other plants to protect them from the elements and to help retain moisture. It can be made from many different materials, including straw, leaves, bark, and even plastic. Mulch helps keep the soil cool in summer and warm in winter, and it also inhibits weed growth.
How Do You Choose the Right Mulch?
When choosing mulch for trees, it is important to consider the type of tree and the climate where you live. The most important factor to consider when choosing mulch is the pH level of the soil. Most mulches are acidic, so if your soil is alkaline, it is important to choose a mulch that will not lower the pH level.
There are many different types of mulch available, so it is important to choose one that will be beneficial to your trees. Some mulches, such as straw or leaves, are organic and will decompose over time, while others, such as bark or plastic, will not decompose. Therefore, it’s important to choose a mulch that will match the needs of your trees.
Can You Have Too Much Mulch?
Since we already know mulch is a great way to protect your trees from the elements and keep them healthy, we have to wonder: Can you overdo it? Yes, you can! Too much mulch can actually be harmful to trees and can cause the following problems:
- Rotting: Mulch that is piled up too high can create a wet, dark environment where rotting can occur.
- Mold: Excessive mulch can also lead to the growth of mold, which can cause health problems for people and animals.
- Insects: Mulch that is not kept clean and dry can provide a perfect breeding ground for insects and other pests.
It is important to keep mulch in moderation and to periodically check it to make sure it is not becoming a problem for your trees.
Are Your Trees Ready for Winter?
If you’re looking for ways to get your trees ready for the colder weather, contact Nature’s Select Triangle. We work in yards all across Chapel Hill, NC, serving residents with our specialized tree and shrub programs. We even have a specific boxwood program. So, get your free estimate by calling us at (919) 240-4239.