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October 25, 2012
Cold Comfort

MulchBlankets keep us comfortable when the temperatures drop, but what can we do to protect our trees?

Apply mulch!

We all know the value of mulch in the summer for retaining moisture, but it's equally important in winter for protection against damage from the cold. When used properly, mulch stabilizes soil temperatures, helping to prevent root injury and stress that can occur during freeze/thaw cycles.

If you didn't mulch your trees this summer, there's still time to apply it. The Morton Arboretum explains how much to use, the many types available and how best to apply them.

Don't miss the helpful illustrations showing how the mulch layer should look. Hint: It should not look like a volcano at the base of the tree!

It only takes a few minutes to do, but it just might save a tree.
 

Get   tips for choosing and using mulch to protect your trees.
 

 

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