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and Don'ts for the Native Park Plant
Mulch is the layer of wood chips that has been spread around the plants
on top of the soil. Applying a mulch layer helps conserve water for the
plants, as less moisture can evaporate from the soil. It also prevents
weeds from growing as easily. But most importantly, the mulch prevents
soil from becoming over-compacted. Most plant roots (including tree roots)
grow in the top 12 inches of soil and those roots need oxygen! If the
soil becomes over-compacted by too many people walking on top, oxygen
is forced out of the soil, and eventually the roots may die.
The new growth for trees and shrubs comes from the tips of the branches.
The buds for the spring's growth are formed at the end of the previous
summer and stay on the branches all winter, simply waiting for warm weather
and longer days! By pulling the ends of branches off during the winter,
you are destroying the plant's growth in the spring.