Learn to plant and maintain strong, healthy trees that will thrive for generations.


Young Trees

4 feet in diameter, 4 inches from the trunk, and 6 inches deep

Mulch placed around the tree,
but not over the rootball creates a healthy environment for the tree

  • Remember the 4x4x6 rule: spread mulch in a 4-foot diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Mulch will keep soil temperatures cool, retain water, and discourage weeds. It will slowly decompose and should be replenished as needed during the first three growing years.
  • Fertilizer is not recommended at planting time. Trees come with enough fertilizer from the nursery, and over time mulch will provide new nutrients to the tree.
  • Avoid using “weed and feed” fertilizers. They contain herbicides that can damage or kill young trees.

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  • Reduces competition from grass and weeds
  • Improves movement of water and air through the soil
  • Conserves moisture in the soil
  • Protects tree roots from hot ground temperatures
  • Provides plant nutrients and improves soil structure for healthy root formation
  • Protects trees from damage 
  • Conserves water