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May 3, 2018 4:00 PM CST
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Hello! I was wondering if putting 2-3 inches of straw down then adding some wood chips on it would be a good mulch for a newly planted Bare root apple
May 3, 2018 4:27 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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There was a study done a few years ago by a horticultural specialist from UNLV. He found that mulching newly planted bare-root fruit trees with 4 to 6 inches of wood mulch made them grow twice as fast as their un-mulched counterparts.

I don't see why the results wouldn't be similar in Minnesota. Keep the mulch at least 12 inches from the trunk of the tree so you don't cause root rot.
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May 3, 2018 8:56 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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I always mulch right up to the trunk without putting the mulch on the trunk. Never had a problem and I've mulched hundreds of trees and shrubs.
And, yes. The wood mulch on top of straw should be fine. I wouldn't pile it too high though because rainfall might run off instead of soaking in. Check under the mulch from time to time to see if soil is staying moist.
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May 4, 2018 1:03 PM CST
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
I agree I'd stake it down as well.
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