Prune and Mulching

How to Prune Young Shade Trees
This illustrated, easy-to-follow guide teaches you how to shape and guide a shade tree when it’s young so that it is tall, straight, and healthy when it’s old. “How to Prune” includes step-by-step drawings showing how proper pruning in the early years of a tree’s life can save money in the long run and result in safer, more beautiful, healthy, easy-to-maintain trees. The guide is easy to browse and shows you why tree paint isn’t necessary, even on large cuts, how to select and care for pruning tools, and more.

The Importance of Mulching

A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch. It is very important to remember to mulch your tree after you have planted it.

Mulch is a valuable for your trees health and care because

Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures.
Mulch retains water helping to keep the roots moist.
Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
Mulch prevents soil compaction.
Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.
Steps to Adding Mulch Around Your Tree

Add mulch to the base of your tree by removing any grass within a 3 to 10 foot area depending on the size of your tree.
Pour natural mulch such as wood chips or bark pieces 2 to 4 inches deep within the circle.
Keep the mulch from touching the trunk of the tree.

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