Taking care of the trees in your yard takes careful thought and a watchful eye, and a few loads of mulch for good measure. Mulching your trees creates happy, healthy plants able to resist disease and pests and makes for a more comfortable, attractive outdoor space. Think about how these five benefits of mulching your trees would help to protect and improve your landscape.

# 1 – Mulch Reduces Weeds

Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching the soil around your trees, effectively suppressing weed growth. Weeds rob your trees of much needed moisture and nutrients, and take time and effort to remove. Reduce the amount of weeds with a generous layer of mulch.

# 2 – Mulch Maintains Moisture in the Soil

Help keep roots well watered with 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch spread around the base of your trees. Be sure to cover the whole root system, which often stretches beyond the drip line or edge of the branches.

# 3 – Mulch Adds Nutrients to the Soil

Organic mulches, such as wood chips or shredded bark, decompose over time improving soil conditions with additional nutrients. Inorganic mulches (such as rubber chips or rocks) block weeds and maintain moisture levels, but will not breakdown and give your soil a nutrient boost.

# 4 – Mulch Insulates Tree Roots

Use mulch to protect the roots of young saplings and older specimens. Temperature swings in the early spring and late fall can easily harm trees, while a layer of mulch keeps soil warm and impervious to frost.

# 5 – Mulch Makes the Garden Tidy

Clean up the base of your trees with mulch. Use organic mulch around trees – but avoid piling mulch against the trunk – and around perennials and annuals planted nearby. Find mulch in your preferred color and dress up the yard with neat and tidy mulch.

Mulching your trees is a good idea and provides various benefits to your property. Talk to your tree specialist about the mulches available in your area.