When we think of mulch, most of us envision spring time with blooming landscapes as we welcome the new warm weather. Primarily, that is when mulch is used. With that mindset, it is easy to forget that mulch plays an important role in the fall as well. You can mulch anytime in the fall- ideally, the perfect time to do so is when the leaves start to turn that golden brown. Mulch works as a protective barrier for your landscape as it mitigates the effect of the harsher elements that fall brings. So, now is the perfect time to prepare your mulch to maintain the health and beauty of your garden.
Benefits of Mulching
- Retains water: Mulch holds in valuable soil moisture, protecting your plants from drying out quickly.
- Prevents frozen roots: In colder areas, mulch protects plant roots from the biting cold and helps prevent frost-heaving, in which plants are literally pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil as it cools off and heats up.
- Works all year round: An added benefit is its annual convenience. Keeping roots warmer in the winter, and cooler during the summer.
- Eliminates weed growth: Not only are weeds an eyesore but they add extra inconvenience as they can steal moisture from other greenery. Mulch makes it harder for them to push through the surface of the soil.
- Deep Mulching: When lying deep mulch, keep in mind to leave a layer of the soil to breathe. As the deeper the mulch, the harder it is for evaporation to occur. Saturated soils encourage rot and disease.
- Keep your fallen leaves: Mulch your lawn by mowing fallen leaves right back into the yard and leaving them. Mowing, in effect, shreds the leaves, giving them more chance to decompose over winter.
- Don’t get too close to trees: Don’t let mulch pile up around the trunks of trees or the base of shrubs. Mulch rubbing up against a trunk keeps it from drying out, an invitation to rot and disease.
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