Mulching around large trees

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by shimkc, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. shimkc

    shimkc LawnSite Member
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    I read it is advisable to mulch up to the drip line of trees. But for large trees, this mulch area can be very large. So it is advisable to just put a small area, say 4 feet diameter ring instead of 20 feet diameter. Or is it not advisable to mulch under big trees?

    Thanks for any input.
  2. Elden

    Elden LawnSite Member
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    Mulch as much of the area as you can obviously if your yard is 25 ft across and the tree goes into your neighbors yard they probly wouldn't appreciate it too much if you went to the drip line. Every inch you mulch it makes that less of competition for water and nutrients. So if 4 ft is all that is feasable, Just Do It. (hopefully I don't have to pay to say that)

    My dad is from your neck of the woods. I have some other family that still lives up that way.
  3. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 724

    I agree, do as big of an area as you can. If cost is an issue you can use a cheap mulch (chips from a tree service company) underneath and then topdress it with a thin layer of nice looking material.
  4. shimkc

    shimkc LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Cost is not really the issue here. There are lot of large trees in the yard and they are about 40 feet apart. So a couple of the 20" tree rings close together will probably destroy the landscape.
  5. wll

    wll LawnSite Member
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    keep the mulch off of the root flare. 4ft is better than none and will protect the tree from mower or wacker dammage. mulch is used in dry conditions to help retain moisture but most just like the look. it would be a good idea to airate and feed the trees with some organic fert . i like to use dry-roots 3x per year. trees roots can grow 3x past the drip line.
  6. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 724

    Obviously I'm not looking at the yard so this may not work but in a lot of landscapes if you have turf with trees in it it would look a funny with a bunch of round mulch areas around them. Often times you can combine the mulch of two or more trees into one larger mulch bed. Put some curves in it, use some large river rock for edging, put in some perennial shrubs and make something out the mulched area that benefits the trees and adds interest to the landscape at the same time.

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