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
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