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Comment from: sarah

I see that "volcano" effect SO OFTEN, and done by so-called professionals. It makes me shudder on behalf of the trees. When mulching, think "bagel", not "volcano", please, for my friends the trees (and shrubs).

04/27/12 @ 09:28
Comment from: Michele

Love this subject matter.
With the constant urban sprawl that happens when contructions crews deplete the tree population, this post is timely. We need to appreciate and care for our trees.
My hat is off for Arbor Day!
Thanks for sharing.

04/27/12 @ 12:07
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Sarah: Once someone learns just what a mulch volcano is, they realize how many there are! While it makes me smile, be careful about the bagel analogy because people can eat some pretty fat bagels.

Warren explained the history, as he witnessed it, behind the volcano explosion. The story as I remember it goes something like this: Certified arborists began recommending to landscapers that they mulch around the trees to avoid hitting the trucks and shallow roots with their mower blades (among other benefits). Then, the lawn services built the task of mulching the trees into the annual spring maintenance schedule. Year after year, hired hands added more mulch. They knew not to engulf the trunk, so, with too much mulch, they just mounded it up and pulled a little away from the tree trunk at the top of the pile. A volcano was born...and copied...and copied.

As sad as it is to see the volcanoes, it makes seeing proper care uplifting. Check out this photo, taken again by Warren, of a beautiful mulch example. Isn't this refreshing? http://www.thewritebeat.com/BacktoBasicsBlog/Proper.jpg

Michele: Hats off indeed! I am reminded of a tree in your neighborhood, near the school. I would drive by there on my commute to work, and would often notice this one, old shade tree, standing on the edge of the property, shading a wooden picnic table. It looked like a wonderful outdoor lunch spot on a hot summer day. Then, school construction began. I wondered what would happen to the tree. Soon, I drove by and saw a man resting on the table during a particularly hot morning. I smiled and hoped it would be spared, as if that man was somehow a decision maker and would realize the benefit of such a lovely tree after having enjoyed his rest under it. The very next day, the limbs were chopped and the table was gone.

Meanwhile, today or tomorrow or sometime really soon, some kid somewhere is going to come home from their school on Arbor Day, carrying a seedling in a paper cup, deciding where to plant it as the teacher instructed, only to find -- years later -- a wonderful outdoor lunch spot on a hot summer day.

04/27/12 @ 17:28

If you would like to see what arborists from Penn-Del chapter of ISA did on arbor day I posted a video on the jacobstreesurgery.com blog.

05/03/12 @ 08:25
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Warren: Thanks for sharing this. The link is http://www.jacobstreesurgery.com/arboristblog.html

05/03/12 @ 08:46