We can't prevent drought from killing trees but we can greatly reduce tree loss on private property--without extra water. A recent College of DuPage study field tested controlled groups of trees. The gist of the study was that young trees which had the grass removed from the trunks and had the surrounding bare earth covered with 3" of mulch retained 70% more ground water, nearly doubling growth rate, size, and root development. Regardless of the tree, ground water retention from the use of mulch is a definitive improvement. Clearing the grass from the base of your tree and using 3" of mulch may save your trees despite the California drought and the coming Sacramento summer.
Mulch is available at almost any home improvement or gardening store. We offer free wood chips which make excellent mulch, and we deliver. Check out our wood chip offer.
Stacy W. Barker
Stacy is the owner of Bud's