Now that we have a full complement of tree leaves in bloom, Mother Nature has answered the million dollar question: Why does the turf under my trees continue to thin out every year?
There are three simple reasons…
- Direct sunlight is required to grow and sustain quality turf.
- Tree roots need water and oxygen to grow and they will outcompete the grass for these vital nutrients.
- Trees provide valuable shade, oxygen and beauty to our overall ecosystem, so we want to preserve them as long as possible.
Want grass under your tree? Limb it up to look like a telephone pole, which allows more sunlight to reach the grass; water the grassy area below trees; increase your mower height when cutting turf below trees; and plant shade-tolerant grass such as fine fescue when possible.
Want your trees to look more natural? Do not prune the lower limbs, leave the thinning out to Mother Nature and consider mulching out to the drip line every spring.
If you have questions, call the experts at Buckeye EcoCare to help keep your trees healthy and beautiful. We are at your service!