Give Your Trees Some Love This Winter With Mulch

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I bet we can all relate to the holiday struggle…it seems like our to-do lists are never done! 

Finish our holiday shopping

Pick out the perfect Christmas tree

Clean our homes for guests

Apply late fall mulch to protect our trees…wait, what?      

Don’t forget to protect your yard in the hustle and bustle of this holiday season! By adding mulch to your trees, perennials, and cool weather annuals, you can help protect them from harsh incoming weather…keeping them fresh and ready for the spring season!

Join Wildcat Creek Tree Service, a tree service in Lafayette, Indiana, as we convince you why winter mulching is absolutely necessary! 

Insulate Your Soil

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Okay, we get it! Why would you care if your soil was insulated or not? Seems kinda silly…right? 

Well, let’s just think about all the different things that live in our soil. 

You’ve got your earthworms, microbes, roots, and other living matter like protozoa. All these elements work together to create a healthy environment for trees and other plants to take root. By insulating our soil, we can help these organisms live longer, which means our trees can get an added boost going into the winter.

If You’re Cold, So Are Your Tree’s Roots 

Before you go outside and wrap a coat and scarf around your tree, we have a more practical solution…mulch! 

As harsh winter days freeze the soil, then warmer winter days dethaw the ground, your tree can go through a pattern of freezing and thawing. This inevitably puts pressure on young trees starting to take root. 

There’s nothing you can do about the weather, but you can add a layer of mulch to help insulate the soil! The mulch will help moderate the changing temperatures meaning less stress for your plants! 

What Kind of Mulch Should You Use?

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For the best results, you should use organic mulch to insulate your soil. 

Organic substances you can use include:

  • Pine needles
  • Grass clippings
  • Saw dust 
  • Fallen leaves
  • Shredded bark

You should try to avoid using straw, since straw can contain lots of seeds which can make spring weeding a nightmare! For more tips on what mulch to use, contact a tree service in Lafayette, Indiana. 

How Much Mulch Should You Use?

When it comes to mulching, typically, less is more. You should aim to use a layer about 3 inches thick. If you see a lot of wind in your area, a thin layer of chicken wire can be placed over the top to prevent the mulch from blowing away. 

It’s also important not to put too much mulch over the growing points of perennials! Just be mindful of where your perennials shoot up from the ground.

A Tree Service in Lafayette, Indiana Can Help You!

Not sure of where to purchase mulch from? Need help spreading mulch around your trees and perennials? Well good news, Wildcat Creek Tree Service can help! 

For more information on protecting your plants this winter, give the tree experts a call at (765) 404-0938