Laying mulch prior to the winter season provides your soil a great start to prepare for the next season of growing. It safeguards fragile plants, creating the equivalent of an entire zone level to those that may not be durable enough for your location. When picking the type of mulch you wish to lay in your garden, prevent mulch made from raw wood since it robs the soil of the nitrogen plants need and any that are synthetically colored given that they include additional chemicals to the soil.

Different Types of Mulch

Professional landscapers and arboretums often use leaf mold, which you can make yourself in the yard, and pine bark mulches. Other ideal products consist of cocoa hulls, straw, even walnut shells. Just remember that the smaller sized the pieces that make up the mulch, will disintegrate much faster and will need to be replenished. Leaf mold, for instance, will degrade quite rapidly and can be laid heavily, however one to 3 inches of bark mulches is sufficient. 

Before you begin, identify the area or areas that need to be covered and measure each one. Determine how much depth of coverage you need and the type of material you want to use. Don’t forget to install an edge guard or barrier to help keep the mulch in place. List all of the tools you may need for your project and calculate the cost of the materials needed. Once you have purchased your mulch, be sure to remove any old mulch in place and expose the soil. Remove any weeds or excess foliage before applying the mulch.

To overwinter fragile perennials, it is recommended to use a cover of evergreen boughs for security versus the aspects. Do not ever layer mulch over plant crowns, or they will not grow correctly during spring. For recently developed plants, surround their roots with mulch after the ground freezes for the very first time: this avoids them from heaving throughout the thawing and freezing cycles throughout winter season. For trees, never ever let the mulch touch the trunk; leave about 3 inches of area all around the base. Those mulch volcanoes that garden enthusiasts often produce can trigger illness and tree rot.

Making leaf mold

Sadly, if you do not have leaf mold on hand, the procedure takes too long to get ready for this season. However with just a little bit of effort you can be setting a moisture rich layer next year for your flower beds. Accumulate the leaves you have raked from your yard in a little used corner of the backyard, and let the microorganisms do their thing. To accelerate the procedure, run the mower over the stack of leaves to break it up and keep the location damp. The mold can be utilized when it appears soft and crumbly.

After you have prepared your flower beds, relax and let the mulch do the work of keeping your plants safe and improving the soil for next spring.