Mulch Redbuds for a Long Life
Redbuds are great, native trees if you can keep them alive. They can take full sun, and will reseed eagerly. They make a beautiful, delicate early-spring presence at the edges of woods. They can handle challenging roadside and urban environments. And yet, you may find your nice grove of Redbuds suddenly start falling apart and losing leaves.
Why do Redbuds decline? They hate hot feet. If you allow grass to grow up to the edge of the trunk, the roots will not have the protection from the burning sun they need. Generously mulch the ground under the entire drip line so their roots aren’t baked by heat and summer droughts. It’s that simple. For long-lived Redbuds, keep their toes cool.