It has been said many times and it is true, “Timing is everything.”
NOW is the time to consider winter mulching. Winter mulch is a little different from regular shredded bark mulch. Winter mulch is an organic compost based mulch that provides many benefits for both new and established plantings. Considering the very dry fall we experienced this year, winter mulch makes even more sense as a simple, inexpensive way to protect the investment you have in your landscape. The root systems of your trees, shrubs and perennials have been under tremendous stress. Winter mulch will protect these roots through the cold days ahead.
Just like people, plants require supplementary nutrients. Healthy plants are better equipped to fight off pests, disease and extreme temperatures. The benefits of winter mulch:
- Insulates soil and minimizes the impact of extreme cold temperature on plants and their root system
- Minimizes root disruption from the freeze/thaw cycle by stabilizing soil temperature
- Feeds plants slowly, consistently and organically as it decomposes
- Reduces moisture evaporation from the soil (a key benefit this season)
In short, winter mulch is preventative medicine for your plants. If you would like more information regarding winter mulch or other helpful winter protection for your garden, contact our office and one of our landscape professionals will be happy to answer all of your questions.
Written by Sal Masullo