Adding Mulch to Trees: Our Do’s and Don’ts

Adding mulch to newly planted trees is crucial for Springfield, IL homeowners. Illinois lawns are subject to extreme weather conditions that can vary from one day to the next. Our trees must survive hot summers, cold winters, and stormy spring weather.

Your trees may seem tough, but they need protection from the elements just like you! Mulching is incredibly important to the health of your trees because it:

• Insulates the soil from extreme temperatures
• Holds moisture and keeps the roots hydrated
• Prevents weeds from growing
• Lowers the risk of damage from lawn mowers

Making the decision to mulch is easy, but the process of mulch installation can be tricky. Use these expert tips to mulch like a pro or feel free to give Wellman’s Lawn Care a call at 217-502-2540 and we can handle it all for you!

Do spread mulch evenly around your tree. A thin layer of mulch 2 to 4 inches deep is all that’s needed for sufficient protection.

Don’t suffocate your tree by piling mulch up against the trunk. “Volcano mulching” holds moisture against your tree and eventually leads to root rot, fungus, insects, and disease.

Do assess whether organic or inorganic mulch is the right choice for you. Inorganic mulch is durable; organic mulch will decompose and add nutrients to your soil.

Don’t forget to replenish your organic mulch as it decays.

Do consider how mulch color affects your landscape aesthetic. Pick a color that complements your trees and foliage for a clean appearance that can boost your home’s curb appeal.

Don’t choose form over function. There are many different types of mulch available. Research which mulch is best for your soil and climate conditions, as well as species of tree. Avoid choosing a type of mulch based solely on its appearance.

tree growing from red mulchMulching is a simple method to improve the health and appearance of your trees. Our expert team at Wellman’s Lawn Care understands the process of mulch installation and has over a decade of experience in landscaping.

If you’re in Springfield IL or the surrounding Central Illinois area, contact Wellman’s Lawn Care for a free estimate. We can help take care of your residential or commercial property as much or as little as you need, any season of the year.