Hundreds of our local trees are in danger of an early demise due to “volcano mulching” around the trunks.

What started out as a good practice to prevent trees from damage by weed wackers has gone to the dark side. The practice of placing mulch in huge mounds around the tree trunk promotes insects getting under the bark, bark rot due to too much moisture, and roots growing up through the mulch rather than into the ground where they belong. How this practice has gotten so prevalent is a mystery.

This year, should you be driving around Greenfield Hill enjoying the dogwoods and other trees note some of the bark at the base of these trees. Many of our dogwoods are already showing signs of the damage. The damage is already done in many cases, but quickly getting the mulch away from the trunk and having an inch or two at the base could save these trees.

Marcy Golden