TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
more... Roots to Shoots Installing a ‘Tree Well’
Trees that have grass planted right up against their trunks are not getting as much water or nutrients as those with ‘tree wells’. A ‘tree well’ is an open area of soil around the base of a tree. ‘Tree wells’ give water a direct route to the roots just under the soil surface and allow for easier uptake of water and nutrients.They also keep lawn mowers and line trimmers at a safe distance from the trunk. A ‘tree well’ is easy to install. All you have to do is simply remove the grass around the base of the tree, at a minimum of 1 metre in diameter – that’s it, you’re done! For added tree care, apply mulch (5-10cm deep) to your tree well as it helps keep the soil moist, weeds at bay and improves soil quality.
The trunk is a misunderstood part of a tree, but is still important! Just like skin, tree trunks can get bruised and damaged.The bark helps protect against these injuries, but if we’re not careful our actions can permanently damage a tree; these include lawn mower and line
DID YOU KNOW THAT A VERY THIN LAYER OF THE TREE TRUNK, JUST BENEATH THE BARK, CARRIES ALL OF THE WATER, NUTRIENTS AND FOOD TO AND FROM THE LEAVES AND ROOTS?
trimmer damage, nailing anything to a tree, and carving into the bark.
If you have a tree that drops its leaves every fall there is an alternative to raking and bagging that could help your lawn and garden, while reducing the amount of work you have to do. Mulch those leaves! Instead of raking the leaves that fall on your lawn, run your lawn mower over them a few times until they are shredded. Keep the shredded leaves on your lawn and they will break down over the winter. As the leaves decompose they will feed your lawn with nutrients, which will ensure beautiful green grass come the spring. If you would rather use your newly shredded leaves on your ﬂower or vegetable garden, simply spread them around the plants in a 2-3 inch layer (remember to leave some space around the stems of your plants) and wait for your garden to ﬂourish in the spring. Yard waste pickup If you would rather rake and bag all of your leaves,remember to use the City’s curbside yard waste pickup. Simply put your leaves in a paper yard waste bag or bin and set it on the curb with your garbage.The leaves (and other yard waste too!) will be picked up and taken to an industrial strength composter and turned back into soil – that’s a great option too!
Surrey Now September 20 2011