How to Mulch Trees and Shrubs Correctly

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Have trouble mulching trees in your yard? Not sure if you are mulching your yard correctly? Northern Virginia Landscaping is here to help with a quick lesson in mulching. These are the steps our professional landscaping team follow on each job.

Spread mulch under trees, shrubs, and throughout planting beds to a recommended depth of 3-4 inches for medium to coarse textured materials. Pull mulch away from the bases of tree and shrub trunks creating a donut-hole. Do not pile it up against the trunk. Excessive mulch on the trunk causes moisture to build up, creating ideal conditions for insect pests, diseases, and decay. Ideally, the mulched area around a tree should extend to the drip line of the branches, or at least cover a 4-5 foot diameter area around the trunk. The larger the mulched area, the more beneficial. Check the mulch depth annually and replenish as necessary.

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