Trees are cannibals. Plain and simple. They eat themselves, and they have adapted a pretty good system in doing so. Think about where leaves and branches fall to when they come off a tree. Those branches and leaves are, in a forest setting, being recycled by either the parent tree, or another nearby tree.
In an urban setting, that all goes out the window. Leaves are raked, branches hauled to the curb for a municipality to chip up and dispose of. So why not try to give your trees a little piece of the paradise like their counterparts in the forest? Mulching does just that. It adds some of that lost organic matter that is hauled away in large trucks. Not only is mulch a great food for trees as it breaks down, but it helps to amend the soil, adding organic matter which improves water-holding capacity, reduces compaction, and increases beneficial microbes in the soil.
-Jonathan R. Bantle
Mulch around a tree
As arborists, we are called to look at trees and shrubs of both good and bad health. We do our best to bring good news. My name is Casey Selner. I am the Chief Arborist and Board Certified Master Arborist here at Selner Tree & Shrub Care. We plan to use this blog as a collection of things we come across on a day to day basis. The blog posts will come from me and my team of amazing arborists; all of whom bring a unique set of skills. Each of us has a different experience every day and we want to share those insights with you.
Over the next few months, we hope to cover a wide range of topics including information about girdling roots, how to identify improper planting and what can be done to fix it, provide updates on Emerald Ash Borer, and explanations of the personal protective equipment our arborists wear and why. I will even feature fun facts about my mobile office, or my Nissan Cube, that you may have seen around Green Bay or Appleton. We are very excited to share these topics with you. Feel free to join in on our conversations!