Mulch is Blanket for Winter
Depending on your location, the end of summer or the falling of leaves in the autumn are good indicators that winter is close. Mulching in the Winter is a great way to protect your plants while they’re dormant. How to put mulch around plants and when? There are no right answers. It depends on several factors, including your soil type, amount of rainfall, type of mulch, and how weedy the ground is.
Here are some guidelines:
- For most mulches and soils, start with a layer 3-4 inches deep. Use newspaper as a barrier to keep weeds at bay.
- If the soil is dry, water it before applying mulch to pull weeds easier.
- Apply mulch just about anytime, remembering that if you mulch early in the spring, the ground might be slow to warm. If you mulch only in the winter to prevent heaving, wait until the ground freezes. Mulch could delay freezing of the ground, causing roots to go dormant later than normal and possibly damaging them.
Planting in the Fall
Plant Spring Bulbs: Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and other spring bulbs should be planted early in the fall to
allow time before frost for good root growth. Late planting may result in limited root growth and poor flower
development in the spring. Mulches applied over the bulbs keep soil temperatures warmer and may help late-planted
bulbs to develop roots.
Plant Trees Shrubs, and Evergreens
Place mulch around the base to protect the trunk, especially if you have younger trees, Day says. Mulch rings makes a protective area to reduce threats from other plants and keep mowers away.
Placing mulch can be a labor intensive and time consuming project. JC Landscaping LLC can help keep your landscape and garden beds looking sharp with fresh mulch.