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    Mulching around the trunk

    I just planted some new trees both small and some large trees that I had moved in. I have read about mulching and how it shouldn't touch the trunk. Is it not supposed to touch the trunk at all or can I put about 1" around it? The reason I ask is because I would like to put a little mulch agianst the trunk to prevent grass/weeds from growing around the trunk. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

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    RE: Mulching around the trunk

    Hi.
    Actually, no, you really aren't supposed to touch the trunk with the mulch. Weeds might grow there and if they do, you'll go out and yank them out of the ground. In order to keep weeds away anyway, you'd have to use several inches of mulch, and if you do, you'll suffocate your trees.

    That said, I never had a problem with weeds getting into that 1-inch area where there was no mulch. Try it. It works fairly well.

    Good luck!
    --Jules

    A TREE GROWER'S DIARY
    “There is just as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.”
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    RE: Mulching around the trunk

    For what it's worth, I have never seen anyone obey the "no mulch touching the trunk" rule. Most mulch installations I see, in fact, are usually piled really high and often look rediculous. When I put in mulch, it usually doesn't touch the tree and I put down an inch or two only just because I have a lot to mulch and it costs about $100 every time. I do it just for looks mostly. That doesn't stop weeds of course but you don't want to have little critters living in the mulch and chewing away at the trunks or anything like that. So I don't think there's a huge risk but it's an easy rule to obey and you're probably going to get weeds there no matter what.

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