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Proper Mulching

Planting in the fall

Fall season planting, from mid-August through mid-October, offers many advantages that may outweigh spring planting. The exchange of water from the roots to the branches is low and root growth is high. The temperatures are typically moderate to cool,  so there is less chance for plants and trees to be stressed by extreme heat.  Also, fall rains help trees and shrubs establish their root systems. When the air temperatures are cooler than the soil, new root growth is encouraged without new top growth. The result is a stronger, better developed root system for the next spring when the plant begins to grow. Mulching will also help retain the soil's required moisture as well as aid in a variety of beneficial measures.

What proper mulching can do for you

Weeds and grasses take away vital water and nutrients from the soils around your tree and shrub root systems. Mulching creates a barrier to keep them away from your roots and prevents your plants from “competing” for food and water resources. Mulch also acts as an evaporation barrier enabling your soil to retain more water for the roots to use over longer periods of time. It reduces soil compaction around roots allowing them to more easily take in oxygen and will prevent the roots from getting too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter by insulating them and keeping them in the appropriate temperature ”zones”. Mulch adds nutrients and improves existing soil fertility as it decomposes; helps in slowing soil erosion; and aids in preventing root exposure.

Proper mulching techniques

Too much of a good thing can actually be bad

Mulch should be laid between 1-4 inches thick depending on the size of mulch being used. For larger mulch use thicker amounts -- 2-4 inches. If you are using finely textured double ground mulch, use 1-2 inches as these materials allow less oxygen to the root zone.

Too much junk around your trunk

All mulch should be 3-4 inches away from the trunk of trees or shrubs allowing the root flare zone to show just above ground level. Mulching up to the trunk can cause Inner Bark Death and fungal and bacterial diseases. When possible, mulch out to the tree's drip-line or as close to it as you can get.


Hardwood Single Grind Mulch                                                                                                                                                                                                           

This mulch is made from native Texas hardwood brush, single ground with large 3-6” size pieces. Typically used for erosion control and construction entrances. It may also be used around trees and flower beds to aid in moisture management, weed prevention, temperature regulation, and organic nutrient replacement where aesthetics are not of paramount importance.

Hardwood Double Grind Mulch                                                                                                                                                                                                       

This mulch is made from Texas hardwood brush aged and decomposed for extra added nutrition, then double ground. Use it around trees and flower beds to aid in moisture management, weed prevention, temperature regulation, and organic nutrient replacement.

Hill Country Double Grind Cedar Mulch                                                                                                                                                                                          

This mulch is made from native Texas cedar brush, double ground into a very fine shredded aromatic mulch. Use it around your trees and flower beds to aid in moisture management, weed prevention, temperature regulation, organic nutrient replacement, and as a natural pest deterrent.