Tree Worx: Landscaping Around A Tree

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Tree Worx: Landscaping Around A Tree

landscaping around a tree

There’s nothing that ties an outdoor area together quite like a nice mature tree. And few concerns more people have than landscaping around a tree.

The problem is when a tree grows to a certain size its roots can throw off your ability to plant anything else in the immediate area. Which, if you’ve ever seen a lone tree standing on top of a mound of soil in the middle of a yard, you’ll understand is not a great look.

Join us, today, as we look at three effective methods of landscaping around a tree that has already set itself up in your outdoor space.

On Making Mulch

Mulch is a decaying material spread around a plant or tree to help encourage growth by enriching the soil. Because this material has to be organic, it’s usually made up of decaying leaves or bark – essentially generic tree matter, of the kind that goes into composts.

Mulch is also relatively inexpensive, making it a great, safe resource for growing trees. With just two-to-three inches of organic mulch, and additions of an inch or two every three years, you can create a fertile growing environment for any nearby plant life.

Mulch materials can include some of the following components:

  • Pine Straw

    This is actually just gathered pine needles, which are useful in that they don’t draw moisture away from the soil they lay on.

  • Shredded Wood

    Because this material absorbs water, you’ll have to put down a thinner layer of it than other mulches. Aim for about a one-inch deep layer, which will dry faster and not cause root rot. An added benefit is that it’s also easy to walk on.

  • Bark Nuggets

    These are attractive, but you’ll need to take into consideration they are harder to walk on than other materials.

Spring Bulbs

Bulbs thrive when planted in masses under deciduous trees. These trees lose their leaves in the fall, as you might expect, and the flowers get to enjoy spring sunlight before the tree malts completely. These same flowers are finished blooming again by the time the tree’s leaves have returned to block the sunlight.

A clear advantage of bulbs over annuals is that they limit disturbances to the roots of the tree. Layers of mulch stay in place over the bulbs, covering the ground when the bulbs aren’t in bloom.


When dealing with perennials, which are known to be more at home in shady environments, it’s possible to create a natural-looking landscape without damaging the tree.

Invest in the smallest-sized plants you can to disturb the soil as little as you possibly can. Position your taller plants nearer to the trunk, with smaller ones moving out toward the front.

Landscaping Around A Tree

A beautiful yard says a thousand words. Getting the most out of your landscaping means keeping your options open. And there’s nothing worse for that than a patch of soil writhing with solid, impassable root systems. Hopefully, today you’ve learned a little something about taking back these areas, promoting new plant growth while keeping your tree looking healthy and growing strong.

Looking for tree removal, treatment and trimming services in the Volusia area? Get in touch with Tree Worx, today, and let’s get your landscaping back on track!

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