Ask a Question forum: Mulching around trees.

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Name: Michael Kirk
Portsmouth Virginia. (Zone 7b)
Mainly a spectator.
Jul 8, 2017 6:44 AM CST
I have seen huge piles of mulch some as high as 3 feet piled around the trunks of trees belonging to private citizens as well as municipally planted trees . I don't see how this can be good for any tree. Am I right or am I wrong?
A weed is merely a flower in the wrong place.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jul 8, 2017 8:08 AM CST
You are absolutely right. Trees need to have their root flares exposed. There are some good articles on the web that discuss this. When I mentioned this to another member she found a good one written by Arborilogical Services. I could point to others but they should be easy to find. I have 2 large oaks and a magnolia that covers my front yard. I'd post pictures of their root flares but i'm using my phone and can't access them.

Don't know if you can convince your neighbors but you can avoid their mistakes. No mulch or plants should cover the root flares.

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