Young trees suffer from root shock when they are transplanted and need a lot of care in their first few years of life. Weeds around the base need to be removed regularly, either by using appropriate herbicides, hand weeding, or careful strimming. They also need to be regularly watered. Our 16″/ 40cm Jute Tree Spats make this a whole lot easier, saving time, money and chemicals. Our biodegradable tree spat mulch mats simply slot around the base of the young tree, suffocating weeds and retaining water. They also protect the delicate roots from extreme temperature fluctuations. They are 5mm thick so are quite robust, especially once they’ve got some water soaked into them, and last around a year before they slowly biodegrade into the soil.
Do get in touch if you want to know any more about the jute products we make, but here are some of the questions we are asked more regularly:
What are the benefits of using tree spat mulch mats for young trees?
According to horticultural expert Don Kinzler, “if grass is allowed to compete with a tree, the tree will grow slower in both height and trunk diameter compared to a tree grown in bare soil. If you add mulch over the bare soil, the tree’s rate of growth increases compared to both bare soil and grass. This is so important it merits restating. Trees growing in grass have the slowest increase in height and trunk diameter. Trees in bare soil grow next best, and trees with mulch over the root zone have the greatest rate of growth” Read more about it here.
Do the tree spat mulch mats need to be pegged down?
Unlike polypropylene mulch mats, they sit firmly on the soil around the tree without needing to be pegged out.
Is there an issue with the tree spat mulch mats spinning in the wind, creating bark damage?
No. The 5mm thick mulch mats are quite heavy, and will stay put, even in windy conditions. If you are concerned you can secure them with a biodegradable peg (we’ve experimented with bamboo food skewers) but to be honest we haven’t found any problems with the mats, they just sit where you put them.
Do you make larger or smaller size tree spats?
We can make pretty much any size you like, up to the width of the felted jute roll (usually 1.5m but each batch varies a bit).
What do you do with the off-cuts?
As we cut out discs we invariably end up with spare bits of jute felt, just like when you cut out discs of pastry or biscuits. The larger pieces are cut into small discs, for our excellent value for money mulch mats for smaller plants, which fit over plant pots or directly onto flowerbeds or veg patches. Other off-cuts are chopped into even smaller pieces and sold as jute chippings – these also make excellent mulch for pots, beds, or heaped around trees instead of bark chippings.