Mulching is one of the ways you can keep your trees healthy using natural, organic materials.

Don’t get me wrong, applying fertilizers to ensure healthy tree growth and applying pesticides from time to time to keep pests off of the trees are good tree maintenance steps, too. But what makes mulching so wonderful is that it makes use of naturally-occurring materials and it costs practically nothing.

There are several different materials you can use for tree mulching. Shredded tree barks, fallen leaves, chipped wood, and even sawdust may be used to mulch your tree.

A tree can benefit from mulching in many ways:

  • Mulching can help keep the soil around the tree moist, which is good for the roots.
  • Weed growth could be reduced and even totally avoided when mulch is properly spread around the tree. Aside from being ugly to look at, weed will serve as competition to the trees in acquiring the much-needed water and moisture from the soil.
  • The temperature of the soil where the roots are attached to can be maintained by the mulch covering the ground.

However, all these benefits will only be achieved if the tree mulching is done right. Here are some useful tips in applying mulch to your trees properly:

1. Don’t apply too much mulch. Too much mulch, or mulch more than 2 to 3 inches deep, can suffocate the roots of the tree. You have to ensure that your mulch is not too thick to give the roots some room to breathe. Too much mulch can also make the roots rot and might attract pests.

2. Keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree. Covering the tree trunk with mulch might lead to decay.

3. Spread the mulch evenly and avoid forming a volcano-shaped mulch around the tree. An even spread of the mulch will ensure that the water and moisture will be distributed equally among the roots.