Too Mulch Of A Good Thing: How Much Mulch Is Too Much?

A circle of brown mulch around a white tree, surrounded by grass

The benefits of mulch are so well known that the current question is no longer “should I use mulch?” but rather “how much mulch should I use?” This is a valid inquiry, since using too much mulch can hurt trees and plants. How much mulch is too much? Can too much mulch kill a tree? Read on for information on the disadvantages of mulching too much. How Much Mulch Is Too Much? Every article about mulch extols its virtues, and there are more than a few. A layer of organic mulch not only keeps down weeds and locks in moisture, it also insulates the ground from cold and hot weather. Finally, it disintegrates into the soil, providing both nutrients and organic content. But too much mulch around trees or too much mulch in flower beds can create serious problems. A thick layer of much can smother small plants and even […]

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