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Q.We Have A 42 Yr Old Sweet Gum, 60 Ft Tall. It Is Late May And Small Green Balls Are Dropping. I Don’t Remember Small Balls Dropp

Zone Indianapolis, in | Anonymous added on May 19, 2021 | Answered

ing in such quantity. Is there a problem? Is it possible to put too much mulch around base? I don’t remember the little balls dropping in such quantity. Is it possible to put too much mulch around base?

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Answered on May 24, 2021

If the mulch is excessively deep, more than 3 or 4 inches, it can smother the roots. Sweetgum trees usually drop seed balls heavily in alternating years.

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