Proper Mulching: No Mulch Volcanoes

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Proper Mulching: No Mulch Volcanoes

Having been in the landscaping industry for over 25 years, it never ceases to amaze me how companies that call themselves “professionals” still cannot mulch properly. If you see piles of mulch, also known as “mulch volcanoes” you should question the knowledge of those individuals, their training etc. Over mulching can cause some serious long term problems to your landscape, especially trees.  As a point of reference, if you ever walk into the woods and look at the trees naturally growing there you can usually see their root flare right as the soil and base of the tree meet. Mulch piled high around the trunk of the tree literally can choke the life out of the tree, as you can see in the picture up above. This is one of my “pet peeves” as a professional. Click here for information on proper mulching by Diane Relf from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.  Great insight on the effects from over-mulching. I believe it is also available in Spanish.

Sometimes you still end up with trees that have piles of mulch around them.  If over-mulching has been going on for a long time; the roots begin to grow in this mulch layer and it becomes more difficult over time to get these piles down.  In extreme cases you may need to cut out some of the actual roots away from the tree.  This is not something that just anyone should do and it may not be worth doing as you can cause more harm to the tree than good.  That is why the initial planting of trees and the relationship of the root flare to the existing grade is so critical.

If you are not sure if your trees were planted correctly give us a call here at Sunrise Landscape + Design.  Whether you live in Herndon, Reston, Great Falls, Ashburn, Leesburg or any of the surrounding areas it is important to make sure your trees live a long healthy life.  And we want to help.  Remember properly planted trees add value to your property, poorly planted trees can actually bring down your property value or cause great headaches as the landscape matures.  As they say “You can pay me now (to add value to your property) or pay me later (to remove the problems someone else did not appreciate).  It is your choice!

~The Professionals

Sunrise Landscape and Design