Local Spotlight: Ryan Sweet

Ryan Schuyler mulching the park

Tree Fredericksburg would like to thank Ryan Sweet for volunteering eight hours mulching at the park by Mary Ball and Kenmore Avenue. Over the span of week in mid-June, Ryan spread the original and additional piles of mulch throughout the park. These efforts will contribute to Ryan’s Boy Scouts Community Service Badge.

Ryan’s service highlights a critical aspect of overall plant health – proper mulching. If applied properly, mulching no more than 2-3 inches deep can greatly benefit trees. Studies have shown that trees with proper mulching will be twice as healthy and grow twice as large with only grass. Trees retain more moisture and experience less stress when they are grown in wide flat mulch beds with cooler roots.