The biggest mistake that people make when mowing is getting too close to the tree. Tree roots grow on the surface, as well as underground, usually in the top 16-18 inches of the soil, and it is important to steer clear of all roots when mowing. The fine, underground roots are easily damaged, and so it is also important to be careful when digging around the tree. When these smaller roots are damaged, the vascular system of the tree can be ruined.
Careful mowing and planting will not only prevent damage to the tree aesthetically, but it will also prevent the tree from becoming vulnerable to insects and disease.
So, how can you avoid damaging your tree?
- Keep a clear distance between the mower or weed whacker and the tree
- Add mulch around your tree
- Install a tree guard, but be sure it is not so tight that it chokes the tree
- Plant ground cover around the tree
- Use hand sheers to cut grass close to your tree and its roots
Now that you understand the importance of safe mowing around your trees, it’s time to get out there and start your mowers!