Tired of doing all that maintenance on your Central Florida landscape. Applying fertilizing and pesticides, weeding, and pruning. Just by adding mulch this fall can reduce some of that hard work and it is also the best way to keep your plants and trees healthy.
“Fall is a great time to be out in the yard spreading shovels full of composted wood-chip mulch under your trees,” says Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
“Trees with mulched root zones are usually larger, more vigorous, develop faster and have higher rates of survival than plants surrounded by turf grass or bare dirt. Mulches retain soil moisture and reduce erosion and soil compaction.”
We all know the numerous benefits of mulch, which includes fewer weeds. Without so many weeds the plants you took the time to plant in your landscape doesn’t have to compete for vital nutrients. Combined with their installation properties, allowing the root system to stay warm during the cool nights in Central Florida enables an extended growing season.
Professional arborist choose organic mulch such as fine pine, bark or chips, because they are low in nitrogen and high in cellulose. Just make sure you purchase mulch from a reputable source, this will ensure it is free of any weed seeds.
When applying mulch, make sure it extends out from the tree’s trunk, at least three feet in all directions or out to the drip line. This way the fine tree roots extending out are able to absorb the nutrients.
To avoid diseases or rot, keep mulch several inches away from the trunk of the tree. You definitely don’t want to create a ‘mulch volcano’ around the base of the tree. This can lead to a host of problems as it traps moisture around the base of the tree.
The addition of fresh mulch this fall can help ensure healthy plants this spring. Which means you won’t have to spend so much time spraying and fertilizing this year.
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