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Sod, Mulch, Planting, Staking. St. Augustine sod and irrigation are required in the swale area or to the edge of the waterline (max 30 ft.) if the property abuts a water body.

Mulch, at 3 inches thick is required in beds and within 24 inches of trees, (keep mulch away from the trunk). Permanent sod or approved low groundcover is required in all. Make sure the mulch is at least 5 inches away from the trunk of the tree and no more than 2 to 4 inches deep. Spread the mulch around the tree into the surrounding landscape as wide as you like, tapering out to the ground level at the edge of the ring.

Use fresh natural mulch such as wood chips or bark chips. Mulch can change the pH of the soil Estimated Reading Time: 1 min. Mulch can damage trees. Too much mulch applied over the root ball or resting against the trunk (see right photos) can cause problems for trees, especially when there is a lagre range in particle sizes.

Roots often grow up and into the mulch causing stem girdling roots which can kill trees (lower photo). When mulch is too high and sits too close to a tree’s trunk, it causes two main issues that can slowly damage your tree over time. Problem: Too much mulch smothers the tree’s roots. That can cause them to “girdle” or wrap around the trunk, which chokes the tree by cutting off its water supply. Jun 30, Many professional landscapers use a volcano method of mulching around trees. This is not a good way to mulch around trees as it causes too much moisture to build up around the root ball.

This can lead to fungus, rot and decay and ultimately lead to the trees death. The proper way to mulch is to allow the base of the tree to be expose.



For more tips from our Horticultural reviewer, including how to maintain a mulch bed, keep reading!



Jan 24, Too much mulch (in excess of 4 inches) over the tree's rootball can intercept water that should have reached the roots. Because of this, the UF/IFAS recommendation is to keep mulch.

Where the roots descend into the soil is where the mulch can begin. Two or three inches deep of mulch here is fine. It will compact down over time and with rain. Place mulch out from the root flare to the drip line, and even further if you are designing a landscape bed or you want to establish a mowing boundary around the tree. (We advise this. May 13, 2. Spread mulch in a 4–5 feet (– m) diameter around the tree. Lay down a thin layer of mulch around the tree.

The mulch should not touch the tree itself. Leave 1–2 inches (– cm) of space between the base of the tree and the mulch. You can lay mulch up to an 8 feet ( m) diameter before it stops being bushclean.pw: K. DON’T use too little- or too much- mulch.

Three to four inches of organic mulch like hardwood or cocoa bean hulls applied around a plant or tree, but not touching it, is ideal for suppressing.



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