Why Mulch the Garden in Winter?

The main idea behind composting in winter is to keep the soil frozen to protect it from hot sun. A constant temperature the plant will remain at rest and avoid triggering new growth during a brief heat wave. Tender, new growth too soon will only result in more winter die back. Padding is now also helping to conserve all the water on the floor, so I hope you have been keeping their beds watered garden until the hard frost. Note that you’ll need to remove the mulch in the spring, or at least inclined to one side. So choose a material that is easy to handle. Chopped straw, pine needles or shredded leaves are easy to remove or easy to work on the floor. If the soil is not frozen until after Christmas, you can use the cut branches of the Christmas tree as a mulch layer.

These are good because they are easy to remove in the spring. The easiest way to mulch is a covering of snow. Snow is a great insulator and protector of plants. Some plants simply collapse on themselves and act as self-coverage. Chrysanthemums best survive if allowed to do this. Mulching to protect the majority of perennial plants is after the first hard frost or death. A hard frost is usually defined as lowering the temperature below 25 degrees F., but you’ll know it when you see the last of the resistant annuals collapsed and morning coffee. At this point, your perennials should be well on latency and padding around them will not encourage new tender growth. Go ahead and spread a 2-4 “layer of mulch around the base of plants. Grafted plants such as hybrid tea roses can give benefit to a greater extent. These are usually padded with compost or soil and are actually buried just over the graft union. You can fill the soil around the stems, or you can use some wire fences and filled with compost. Some evergreen shrubs such as rhododendrons can be dried by winds. You can protect the branches and buds by wrapping them with burlap or by spraying an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-proof. Anti-desiccants are useful to have around. You can prolong the life of your Christmas tree with a spray.

They are also good for the carved pumpkin layer. If you decide to pack your brush, make sure there is space between branches and burlap or freezes on the branches and cause its own problem. You can also fill the space between the bushes and leaves in burlap for extra insulation. Woody plants do not require as much protection as herbaceous perennials. However, a 2-4 layer of compost or shredded bark compost helps to conserve soil moisture Just are sure not to accumulate around the base of the plants. Keep a few inches of the stems or invite you to rodents such as mice and rats, who like the mulch layer, while eating in the cortex. Padding against the stems also has too much moisture against the floor, providing ideal conditions for diseases to take hold.