When: April 21 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join Conservation Education & Communications Manager Amy Roskilly for a talk about trees and proper mulching.
Thousands of trees are planted each year. Planting a tree is one thing, but successfully growing a tree is another. At the district, we make sure the trees we plant are planted correctly and have a plan to grow so they can succeed.
Often, trees are planted too low where the critical root flare is buried and/or soil and mulch is piled around the base of the tree.
What is a root flare and why is it important?
The root flare is the area of the tree where the trunk meet the roots and the supporting roots emerge. It is a critical part of the tree that needs to be visible for oxygen exchange. A covered root flare weakens the trunk of the tree, encourages girdling (choking) roots to grow around the trunk, and leaves the trunk wet so it is vulnerable to infections and diseases.
During our webinar we will talk about proper tree care and mulching so you can make sure to give your tree the best chance of thriving. We will also let you know about our program to contact the property owners with improper mulching to bring this issue to their attention with the intent of assisting them to correct the situation and improve our tree canopy!