Fall Mulching Can Improve The Health Of Your Garden
When most of us think about mulching our gardens, our thoughts naturally turn to spring and the beating a garden can take from winter weather. The fact is, summer weather can be just as, if not more, brutal. The heat during the summer breaks down mulch and causes its color to fade. Fall mulching can restore the beauty of the garden.
While aesthetics are reason enough to put down a fresh layer of mulch, there are many horticultural benefits to fall mulching as well.
The Benefits Of Fall Mulching
Protect The Root Systems
Harsh cold temperatures can damage the fibrous root systems of garden plants. It is these parts of the root systems of plants that are responsible for taking up water and nutrients. If they are damaged, the plant will suffer a setback. Mulch acts as an insulating blanket to help protect fibrous roots during cold periods.
Even in the fall and winter, weed seeds can germinate. Through the use of mulch you can limit the amount of weeds that spring up in the open spaces of your garden. The mulch acts as a barrier, limiting the amount of sunlight that can find its way to the weeds.
Organic mulches absorb water by both covering the soil and limiting evaporation. Winter can be a very dry season. Retaining moisture can not only help out your plants and assure that they get off to a good start in the spring.
Prevent Soil Erosion
Mulching not only keeps existing water trapped in the soil, it also keeps rain water from washing away your soil. It does this by breaking the fall of the water and therefore lessening the force when the water impacts the ground.
Let’s face it. The summer dries out mulch. A nice fresh layer of mulch on a garden is kind of like a coat of fresh paint on a wall. It just looks good. Why not go into the fall with your gardens looking as fresh as they did in the spring.
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