Benefits of mulching around a tree
Creating a mulch ring around a new tree is the single best practice that can be done once the tree is planted. Tree mulching provides so many benefits, most importantly increased growth. Proper mulching is the key. Research has proven that, over time, a mulch ring placed 3 to 6 feet around the tree can almost double the growth rate of the tree.
Mulching decreases competition from the grass. Grass takes away water and nutrients from the tree’s root development and delays its establishment. A properly placed mulch ring helps conserve moisture and cools the soil aiding in root growth.
The other main advantage to mulch is it keeps our lawn mowers and string trimmers away from the tender trunks.