Whipper snippers and mowers: The number 1 enemy of young trees everywhere!
Even the most careful of gardeners can nick the tender bark of a young tree. Because the vital channels that transport nutrients in a tree lie just under the bark, these wounds are more serious than you might think. And if the wound encircles the tree, in all likelihood, it will be fatal.
What to do? Apply a 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, and extend it out as far as you can- even to the drip-line. If you add a thin layer of compost underneath the mulch, this will improve the soil structure and help add micro-nutrients over time.
We have put up stakes and small signs to help prevent people from damaging the trees while mowing the grass.