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Beginner Landscaping: Mulching Old Maples

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Fincastle, VA

October 11, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #9302621


Thanks for this forum. I am new here and until recently have not had the time to care for my yard in the manner it deserves. But I'm starting now. I don't know much about plants and trees so I'll need some guidance. I have two very old maple trees in my yard. They appear healthy and were recently professionally trimmed for the second time in 25 years. I would like to provide some fresh soil around their base but I recall an old local farmer friend saying you can't put too much soil around the base of a tree. Can someone advise me please? I appreciate any advice! Thank you!

I live in southwest Virginia, planting zone 6. We have a lot of clay in our soil; both trees are on a gradual slope.

Thanks very much!


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 12, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9303076

It's not advisable to add soil on top of tree roots," Changes in soil depth around trees can also cause injury to root systems. The addition of only 4 to 6 inches of soil over a root zone drastically reduces the amount of oxygen and water available to the roots"
you can mulch(shredded leaves are great) about 2" depth around a tree but do not mound it up to the trunk keep a space around the trunk of about 12"
Fincastle, VA

October 12, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9303485

Thank you very much! I appreciate that information. I'll have plenty of leaves in a few weeks! These beautiful trees turn my yard bright autumn orange every year.

Thanks for your advice.


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 12, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9303529

You're welcome
Kelso, WA

November 16, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9334985

Another thing you can do is aerate around the tree if possible, and then add some of your organic mulch such as leaves or bark. I would suggest this to help give those roots some air and something new to feed on.

Good Luck!

Kigi Nursery & Landscaping
St Louis, MO

January 27, 2013
4:05 PM

Post #9399394

KIgiTrees' advice is excellent, Nancy, as is flowAjan's

Why did you want to add soil under the trees? Were you looking for the effect of compost/mulch?

And, it could depend on which maple you have -- hardwood vs. silver maple, for example.

Tell us a bit more about what prompted you to think about doing this. You might get some further lovely answers. :-)

(I am in zone 6, as well) :-)

Where I live, municipalities have free compost piles or mulch piles. That might be true in your area, as well.

Looking forward to hearing more about your gardening/landscape fun!

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