Is it best to mulch trees with the material in a mound that slopes downward or
to make it ina a saucer shape.
I've seen both and wonder if it depends on whether the tree is newly planted or
for some other reason.
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My neighbor "Volcano Mulched" the (cringe) Bradford Pears on his side of the
driveway I share with him.
In a recent storm, one of the trees broke off right at ground level, instead
of higher up where the tree's branches divide. I attribute it to excess
moisture trapped in the volcano's peak.
When I plant a tree, I dig a hole three times the size of the root ball. I
plant it a few inches more shallow than it was in the container. I put down a
layer of compost about one or two inches, then mulch. I never touch the trunk
with mulch, I don't dig trenches, or dishes, or have anything sloped. The mulch
is above the ground however deep I make it. In a years time the tree is down in
the hole...after the rains settle it in.
So, to answer your question, see above!
On 29 Sep 2003 18:10:33 GMT, email@example.com (HarryD7521) opined:
Based on my experience, this is a good idea for most woody
plants. Keeps the plant from getting too deep (and the roots
deprived of oxygen).
Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a)
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