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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

Mulch: A Tree's Best Friend
March 07, 2013

Spring is just around the corner, which means many of us will soon be planting small trees and shrubs to beautify our landscapes. Once the job of planting is over, don’t forget one very important step… mulching! Mulch is a young tree’s best friend. It holds down competing weeds or grass, retains moisture (especially beneficial once the hot weather rolls around), prevents soil cracking that can damage new roots, protects the trunk from lawnmower damage, and helps prevent soil compaction.

Common mulches include bark, wood chips, licorice root, pine needles, decorative gravel, and crushed lava. Organic mulches such as licorice root, bark, or pine needles also contribute to better soil structure and aeration as they decompose. If using stone, avoid limestone rock. Spread the mulch to a diameter of at least 3 feet with about a 2” thickness. Don’t pile any higher than 3” and most importantly, do not allow the mulch to touch the tree’s trunk. Over the next few years of the tree’s life, this can create many problems, one of the most common being that the bark tissue begins to stress and decay, allowing plant diseases and insects to gain entry into the trunk.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.