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Old 03-22-2016, 01:43 AM   #16
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In case anybody is still reading this ancient thread, it is also very harmful to the trees ,as it is a perfect breeding ground for borers. Mulch should never be mounded up against the trunk of the tree.
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As already mentioned, volcano mulching causes roots to grow into the mulch mound, and not bury themselves deeply into the soil as is supposed to happen.

Out of curiosity, I have this question: how would the roots react to a "volcano" of river rock? The rock wouldn't retain moisture like the mulch would, so you'd think the roots wouldn't be attracted to the volcano if it were made of rocks. Would the roots sink into the ground just as they would if the ground were bare? Would they sink even deeper, in order to find nutrients, since the volcano of river rock would be blocking oxygen?

I would never do this, for the record. I'm just curious, as I've seen it done and want to know exactly what those trees went through.
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In case anybody is still reading this ancient thread, it is also very harmful to the trees ,as it is a perfect breeding ground for borers. Mulch should never be mounded up against the trunk of the tree.
Shoot, it's an old thread? I wanted to ask why it would rob nitrogen from the soil?
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