Topic: Staten Island Tree Care

How Does Putting Mulch Around A Tree Help It’s Grown and Health?

There are many ways to increase the health of trees that you plant around your property. Depending on the type of tree you are planting, there are a wide variety of upkeep methods and tips. But one pretty universal tip, regardless of the type of tree you are planting, is to place mulch around the tree. Why?

Mulch Prevents Plant Growth

One of the biggest problems that will arise when planting a tree is the growth of other plants and weeds around the tree. This is bad due to the excess plants taking up needed water and nutrients that should be going to your tree. By putting mulch around your tree, you are ensuring that there is, in essence, a buffer between your tree and its “feeding zone” & the rest of your yard. Another added benefit is that having clean treescapes without excess weeds or outgrowth helps increase your property value for the future.

Mulch Acts As A Buffer

While we just touched on mulch acting as a buffer of sorts from excess plant and weed growth, it also acts as a buffer for hot and cold weather by insulating the area around the tree. Especially with trees that are only a few years old, it is important to keep the area around the roots regulated and at a neutral temperature as you can so that your tree can grow strong without the adverse effects of the elements.

Mulch Maintains Moisture

Mulch helps to keep in and absorb moisture that growing trees desperately need. By placing mulch around your tree, you are creating a bed where water can stay longer and be absorbed by the roots, especially during seasons when natural rains may be harder to come by.

By placing mulch around your tree, you are providing instant benefits to your tree. If you have any questions about tree or yard care, feel free to contact one of our experts at G&R Tree Service today! G&R specializes in Staten Island Tree Care and Staten Island Tree Maintenance amongst other tree-specific services.

Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.


How To Memorialize A Dead or Dying Tree

 

Whether you have been caring for that big tree in your yard since it was just a sapling or had grown attached to a full-grown tree that had lived a lifetime already, it can be hard to figure out a good way to memorialize a tree once it finally dies. Here are a few good ideas for what to do to memorialize a tree once it dies.

– Re-purposing. Once a tree is gone, it does not mean that its usefulness is over. You can use a tree’s dead branches and leaves as in-home decorations. Coat them in resin and make long-lasting decorations. Even smooth out a tree stump to make a beautiful coffee or end table.

– Carvings. A great way to remember & memorialize a fallen tree is to strip a large piece of it down and carve a remembrance or name into it. Just like with smaller decorations, you can spray or coat the wood in resin or certain types of chemicals in order to preserve the wood

– Planting a new tree. One of the easiest ways to memorialize an old tree is to plant a new one. Maybe the old tree had some real beauty & color to it that you want to recapture? Maybe you want to keep your yard looking full? No matter the reason, just make sure to not plant your tree in the exact same spot. You don’t want the same nutrient-depleted soil taking down your new tree as well.

– Mulch. A perfect way to re-purpose your dead tree is by converting it into woodchips & mulch for your existing trees & plants. Getting to watch your new plants bloom and grow above a bed of beautiful woodchips is a great, decorative way to add both a fresh look to your yard & pay tribute to a fallen tree.

Of course, if you need help moving, getting rid of, or mulching a fallen or dead tree in your yard, simply give us a call today.

Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.