TOM: If you’re getting ready to plant new trees and shrubs this spring, mulch can make sure your new landscape thrives if you apply it right. Hi. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute. Spring signals the time for new growth. Adding mulch protects roots and prevents weeds but too much can cut off oxygen and nutrients.
TOM: For best results, never pile mulch up over the root flare. That’s the part of the tree that bulges out at the base, because too much mulch can actually cause the tree to suffocate.
LESLIE: Now, mulch shouldn’t be applied more than about two inches deep. So, the best method is to apply it with your hands and spread the mulch evenly.
TOM: Finally, if you don’t like the look of mulch, go with low-growing, shade-resistant ground-covering plants. These can retain moisture and offer insulation all without competing for nutrients. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.