4 Benefits Of Laying Mulch In Winter
In the spring and summer and months when you are doing your very best planting, you likely spend a lot of time ensuring that your plants have plenty of mulch to help keep them looking tidy. However, as winter nears and blooms die off, you may not think as much about the benefits of mulch in colder weather.
While mulch is important for your garden all throughout the year, it is perhaps even more important during the winter months. Read on to find 4 reasons why your winter garden can benefit from a layer of mulch...
1. It keeps the soil insulated and saves plants from freezing temperatures.
- You lay the ground work for your beautiful flower garden in spring, but come winter, Jack Frost sneaks in and attempts to do his worst at seeping into the ground below to freeze up not only the soil in your garden... but also the precious plant roots that lie beneath. Laying mulch in winter acts like a bit of a blanket in colder, winter months, protecting your investment... and your warmer weather garden. It's kind of like a Snuggie for your hydrangeas!
2. Don't worry about shifting. Mulch keeps roots in place.
- Other snafus that can happen as temperatures change throughout the year is that these changes can create movement in your plants. This can send roots heaving up out of the soil. This process exposes their crown, or upper root systems making them susceptible to damaging freezing. So, as you can see, keeping mulch in place keeps plants in place... and keeps your peace in place too.
3. Mulch absorbs ammonia gas. Who knew?!
- Ammonia gas is a byproduct of decomposition. When the absorbed ammonia gas becomes wet, it turns into a liquid that acts as a powerful fertilizer. For this reason, using mulch, not just in winter, but all throughout the year, will help your flowers to grow bigger and more vibrant year after year. Win/win.
4. It deters critters... and who doesn't want that?
- Winter welcomes hungry critters like mice and other vermin. Mulch creates an extra layer of protection for your vegetable garden. Not only does it take just a little while to get the job done, but it is a very cost efficient way to save as much of your garden as possible in months when critters are their hungriest.
Mulch is just as important in winter as it is in any other time of your gardening journey. If you take the time to care for your garden, even in the chilliest of months, it will repay you tenfold in warmer months with plenty of roses, daisies and tulips to reflect upon on a sunny, Saturday afternoon.
As we approach the cooler months of the year, now is the time to think about laying the groundwork for a healthy, happy winter garden. Colored Mulch For Sale can help you to ensure that your southern garden is ready for guests, sunshine and summer when the time is right.