Something that we never really thought about before was the landscaping of our two trees on the side of our house. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE the shade that they provide! But this year the one tree has been looking really really sad with a lot more dead branches. We contacted someone to come tell us how to help our trees and hopefully save them.
Things we have not been doing is mulching around are trees 3-4ft away from the base, giving it a lot of extra water during the hot summer months (it needs way more water then the grass) and giving the tree its own fertilizer. The thing we have been doing is removing the dead branches from the tree. So we started on mulching around the trees plus watering it more. Here is our tree last year at spring time.
And here is the same tree today after mulching. We think it looks 10x better than before.
First we removed the grass surrounding the tree about 3 ft from the base of the tree. We had to be very careful because the roots were close to the ground and we did not want to damage them. After removing the grass, we placed two bags of an organic mulch (this is the same mulch we used on our flower beds) around the base of the tree. Then we watered the tree. We plan on buying a soaker hose to place around the tree base and we will water for 6-8 hours, 5-8 times a month during the summer months.
We feel that adding the mulch around the tree has updated our trees and yard. Look at the difference, what tree looks better to you?
We have mulched around the other tree but I have not taken pictures yet. So imagine it looking just as good as the other tree… This update cost us less than $25 for the two trees ($6 bags of mulch and we used 4 bags).
Anyone else doing some landscaping?