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The Importance of Mulching Newly Planted Trees

25 JUN 2021

The Importance of Mulching Newly Planted Trees

If you have ever seen some of Sesmas Tree Service’s work, then you probably noticed the mulching around trees, especially young and newly planted ones. This is for good reason, and we are going to share some of its benefits here. If you have any specific questions or concerns, or if you would like to consult with an ISA-certified arborist, then call Sesmas Tree Service. We are happy to schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.

What Is Mulch?

Mulch is bulky, organic material that can be placed around the base of plants, bushes, and trees. It can be made of a variety of materials including food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, shredded bark, hay, straw, shredded newspaper, and more. In short, if it used to be living, then you can place a layer around the tree to conserve soil moisture, suffocate unwanted weeds and plants, and so much more.

Conserving Moisture

Water is the source of life and trees need it just as humans do. In fact, many trees will only expand their roots when there is enough water in the soil. A dry environment can stress the tree and stunt its growth. Such a tree is more susceptible to insect infestations and disease.
Mulch acts as a blanket that protects the soil from the sun and the moisture from evaporating. This way, your weekly watering will go a long way and more fully hydrate the tree. As you know, hydration is crucial in the early stages of the tree’s growth.

Suffocating Competition

There is only so much soil and nutrients in that soil, and grass, weeds, and other plants are all competing for it. Fend off competition by placing a layer of mulch around the tree’s base. This mulch should prevent the intruders from getting sufficient air flow and sunlight. Check back after a few months and you should notice the trespassers have suffocated.

Extra Nutrition

Your tree gets its nutrition from the soil, a task which mulch helps with, but mulch itself also provides nutrition to the tree. Over time, the organic material that is mulch will break down into humus, also called the ‘life-force’ of the soil. This end-product of organic material provides the ideal habitat for vital soil microorganisms that coexist with your tree.

Protective Barrier

Trimming, mowing, and other lawn work can damage newly planted tree. For instance, the blades of the lawn mower can seriously cut exposed roots. A finely laid circle of mulch identifies no-go zones for grounds maintenance and protects those roots from such injury.
The layer of mulch also protects the tree from the loss of topsoil during heavy rainfall and flooding. That soil loss is harmful for the tree and is a mess to clean up for you.

Call Sesmas Tree Service

If you are interested in the benefits of mulching and want to get started on protecting your trees, then call Sesmas Tree Service to get in touch with a friendly representative. We are happy to take your call.