Keep your newly planted sapling or mature tree safe from weed whackers and lawnmowers by placing a tree ring around it. It will also keep down weeds, ensuring the roots get more water.
This recycled rubber tree ring will never scatter, even when you run a mower over it. Unlike bark mulch, it doesn’t acidify the soil, and won’t need to be replaced each year. The ring suppresses weeds while letting air and water reach tree roots. It also keeps mowers and trimmers away from trunks, preventing damage to bark. Slit allows easy placement around trunk. Center hole can be cut with scissors to enlarge.
Some gardeners dislike plastic mulches, but want something more permanent and more effective than bark mulch. This edging is made of coco fibers bonded with natural latex rubber. Anchored at the edges with Earth Staples, sold separately, they can be mowed over — no trimmer needed.
The clean edges of this tree surround not only protect your tree from damage and weeds, but also help direct water to roots and make your landscape look tidy. Can also be used as a compact circular raised garden bed.
Call attention to prized plants, create formal definition, and help block weeds at the same time. The natural, unglazed terra cotta complements any landscape design. It's not winter-hardy though so, if you live in a cold climate, bring it inside before the ground freezes. If you're planning to use it within a lawn, we recommend protecting it from errant mowers or string trimmers by buffering it with an extra, outer ring of mulch.
If you're not diligent about replenishing bark mulch, it can start to look messy and start letting weeds through after just one season. These thick mulch mats are made of tightly woven coconut fibers and durable natural latex, so they stop weeds for several seasons. They reduce string-trimming chores too, because you can mow right over them.
The experts at This Old House show the wrong -- then the right -- way to mulch around a tree. Although their example uses loose bark mulch, a mulch ring made from coir or recycled rubber also accomplishes the same goal.
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