April 2017: Trees & Turf: Part 2

Here at Top Tree LLC, we offer our guidance, experience, and knowledge to all of our clients and potential clients with a high level of passion. We look forward to talking shop with you and no matter what, we welcome any questions you have regarding your trees and plants on your property.

Competition For Resources
All plants require sunlight, water, and rooting space for growth. In the landscape, plants compete with their neighbors for these resources. Some plants even release chemicals in the soil to restrict growth of nearby plants. A landscape design should provide adequate space for plants to minimize competition.

While shading is the most obvious form of competition, roots also compete below ground for water, nutrients, and space. The majority of fine, water-absorbing tree and grass roots are in the top six inches of soil. In this region, roots ordinarily occupy a much greater percentage of the soil volume than tree roots and absorb more of the available water and nutrients. However, grass root density is often much lower in areas where trees were established first. In these situations, shading and other factors help to make tree roots more competitive.

Competition is especially important when transplanting, seeding, or sodding. The newest plant in the area must be given special treatment to become established. Competing sod should be removed from around transplanted trees and shrubs. Water should be applied to new transplants and seedlings as needed.

Mulching is the best alternative to turf around trees. A 2- to 4-inch (5- to 10-cm) layer of wood chips, bark, or other organic material over the soil beneath the tree’s drip line is recommended because it:

  • helps retain soil moisture
  • helps reduce weeds and grass competition
  • increases soil biology and fertility as it decomposes
  • improves appearance
  • protects the trunk from serious injuries caused by lawn care equipment
  • improves soil structure

Going Forward With Your Tree Care
We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming needs. When, and if, you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We look forward to hearing from you soon because we are your Pasco tree removal specialists.

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