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Posted on: June 17, 2022

Tree Committee offering residents tips on mulching

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Spring is here, but before you put on your gardening gloves, the Moorestown Tree Planting and Preservation Committee would like to remind residents of good mulching practices around trees. 

Mulch should never be piled up against the tree trunk. Mulching in a ''volcano" shape can make the tree more susceptible to fungus, insects, and rodents. It can cause root girdling which can weaken the stability of the tree. Instead mulch in a "donut" shape. Keep mulch 6 inches from the trunk and mulch out as far as the branches extend above. Keep the mulch 2-4" thick. Each spring, break up old mulch and add new to maintain a 2-4" layer. 

If your property is maintained by a landscaping/lawn service, please share this reminder with them. 

Properly applied mulch provides these benefits: 

  • Prevents soil compaction 
  • Retains water in the soil for tree roots
  • Keeps lawn equipment from damaging the trunk Moderates temperature 
  • Reduces competing vegetation 
  • Provides nutrients to the tree as it breaks down

Think of the mulch as a life preserver for your trees. Don't choke them by piling up mulch against the trunk of the trees. 

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