With spring just around the corner (in spite of yesterday’s little snow storm) it is a great time to refresh your best mulch practices before you grab a rake and head out to care for your gardens and landscaped areas.
I’m have no idea where the term Mulch Volcano came from but it does a good job of describing the scenario that can develop quickly if you apply mulch too thickly around the trunks of trees and shrubs. Landscapers, arborists and gardeners have seen over the last few years a huge increase in the number of people who pile mulch too deeply and snugly around trees and shrubs and they warn homeowners that this practice can lead to the rot and disease of the trees if left untended. It does not kill the trees immediately but over a few years it may cause irreparable damage.
A Mulch volcano traps moisture around the trees bark increasing the likelihood of rot, the temperature can rise to 140 degrees on hot days and mold starts to develop. What may look good to the homeowner becomes a dark moist area endangering the trees and shrubs.
As you all know we are big proponents of mulching and done correctly it lowers maintenance costs, it also reduces the chance of damage from lawn and weed trimmers straying too close to trees and shrubs. Mulch gives gardens and landscaped areas an even and well-cared for look.
Stop by our office with your mulch questions and to look around at our extensive selection of mulches. And for a great little article about Yoshino cherry trees and the coming of spring check out the piece from the Charlotte Observer.