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Mulching Tips

When it comes to basic tree care in Reston, there are two simple and easy things that will benefit your trees to no end: mulching and watering. The need for watering is pretty obvious, and even total beginners are aware of its importance. But mulching often gets overlooked.

Mulch

What is mulch, exactly? About.com has a good definition:

“Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.”

Mulch can be made of any number of things, but the most common kind is made of wood chips. It is very important to mulch a newly-planted tree, but mulch can be equally beneficial to an adult tree. It has a number of benefits:

The Importance of Mulching

A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch. It is very important to remember to mulch your tree after you have planted it. Mulch is a valuable for your trees health and care because…

When mulching a tree you want to create a ring around the base, generally covering the area that is shaded by the tree’s branches. The mulch should be about 2-4 inches thick. Any more than this and you can actually damage the tree. You should also avoid piling the mulch up against the base of the tree, as this can cause the bark to decay. Here’s a video for tips on spreading mulch:

If you have any trouble and are concerned about your tree, remember that you can also call on a local Reston tree service to give you some tips.