Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions.
Mulching is one of the most beneficial things a home owner can do for the health of plants.
Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.
Mulch must be applied properly: if too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.
Tree Mulch Volcanoes- Kill Trees
Piling of any type of mulch around the trunk of the tree causes numerous problems for the tree. Bacteria, virus and fungi will consider the tree bark part of the mulch pile. Their job is to decompose or break down mulch into good-for-the earth compost. Tree bark being used by the tree should not be on their menu.