How to Grow and Care for Your 250 + Year Old Tree, Part 4 & 5 of 5
by Rachel and Odis Sisk
The 1 Affordable and Easy Solution to 4 Common Tree Damage Problems
Tree damage, though usually unintentional, creates wound openings for insects, disease, and fungus to enter the tree.
Lawn Mowers - often shear off tree roots and compact soil
Foot and Vehicle Traffic - repeatedly compacts root system
Weed Eaters - trim grass away from trunk leading to potential trunk lacerations
Drought/Lack of Watering - witholds valuable resources from the tree
Put out mulch to create a safety zone protecting and nourishing trunk, roots, and branches. Mulch helps with compaction issues, and should extend out from the trunk to at least the drip line of the tree's canopy.
By placing mulch around your tree, there is no longer a need to mow or weed eat underneath, eliminating damage, and increasing water retention.
Exposed roots need to be covered with mulch
5 Watering Tips for Maximum Efficiency
Spread mulch at least to the drip line - the furthest point of the canopy
Water on top of mulch to decrease water run off and evaporation
Water less frequently - Water longer to a deeper depth, less times
Get a moisture meter - easily found at home improvement stores. (Pictured below)
If possible, use a drip hose instead of spray irrigation. Drips from spraying nozzles cause compaction.
Learn all about mulch in our last newsletter, Winter Edition 2013.
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