To put your garden to bed for winter it’s just a matter of cleaning and covering it up. A great idea to protect your shrubs and plants is to cover them with a nice winter coat of mulch.
Mulch will not only make your garden look neat and tidy but it can also improve growing conditions of your plants.
Layers of bark or pine straw also improve soil texture, suppress weeds, and conserve water. Most importantly in cold weather like we’re having right now it can add a winter layer of protection. Mulching also can prevent the repeated freezing and thawing of soil that causes plants to “heave” out of the ground.
Landscaping in Birmingham – Still Activity Going On
Right now it may seem like there is no activity in your garden, but there’s a lot going on in the soil.
However, trees, shrubs, perennials, and hardy bulbs are all growing roots, drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them. As a result, they still need care.
There are earthworms and other little creatures in the soil processing the organic material they live in – in your plants.
If you laid some mulch in the summer months it’s most likely decomposed by now and needs replacement for it to be effective.
It’s very important to spread new mulch now that it’s cold and make sure you lay it a little thicker than you would in the summer months to serve as the very needed layer of protection from the cold elements.
For mulching, you can use pine needles, straw, leaves, or shredded bark. Straw is the best mulch because it is hollow and that provides good insulation. If you use leaves, make sure they are finely chopped to prevent them from matting down.
Is this something you would like some help with? Just call The Nelson Team we would love to send a member of our team out to help you protect your garden from the cold weather.