WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING TO GET MY LAWN READY FOR SPRING?
May 1, 2014
November 3, 2014
Winter mulching is done in the fall to protect most perennial plants, trees and shrubs after a hard freeze. The benefits of fall mulching include reduction of water loss in soil, suppression of weed growth and plant protection from extreme temperatures as well as keeps plants in a protective dormant state.
The optimal time to mulch is during the fall for winter protection because that is when your plants are most likely to freeze to death from bitter cold, snow and ice, so they'll be grateful for a comfy, mulch blanket. It's also when soil erosion is at its peak due to the rain. Stating it simply, mulch is insulation that helps prevent the plants, trees and shrubs from triggering growth during sporadic warm spells as well as offers protection from freezes, thaws and harsh winds. The perennials, trees and shrubs should be dormant and mulching will prevent tender new growth on those unseasonably warm winter days that could cause them to come out of dormancy.
We carry various colors of mulch that all conserve soil moisture, and moderate soil temperatures. The colors include: red mulch, black mulch, organic hardwood mulch and new to us is the dyed brown mulch, all of which make the perfect accent to flower beds, trees, shrubs, walkways, and natural areas. The colored mulch is the perfect way to add vibrant color to your landscaping.