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Piling mulch up against the trunks of trees and shrubs helps to keep them cozy warm all winter long.

Fact

This is not the right way to mulching. Bark simply is not designed to be constantly wet; if it is, opportunistic pathogens may infect the plant. So: When applying mulch, keep the mulch a few inches away from the base of the shrub or tree, and pile it a few inches deep from there.

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