Those leaves can be mulched to amend the soil in your garden.
“Winter Mulching Tips”
Mother Nature reminds us that it is time to mulch as the temperature drops and the leaves
begin to change color. Mulching advantages include: moderation of soil temperature,
conserving soil moisture, and reducing weeds.
Types of Mulches You Can Use in Your Garden:
- The two main classifications are organic and inorganic.
Inorganic: chopped rubber, fabrics and stone/rocks
Organic: compost mixtures, leaves, bark, wood chips and shredded paper
Say: Mulches are classified as either organic or inorganic. Today we will be looking at the proper application of organic mulch.
Proper Application of Organic Mulch:
- Clean-up - Trim back dead perennials prior to mulch application.
- Compost Mixtures – Determine a compost mixture you like and apply two to six inches.
- Know your plant material- placement on the crown of a perennial can rot the plant and to much on tree roots can cause root rot.
- Timing – you can apply before frost or after the first frost.
- Breakdown – as healthy microorganisms decays mulch nutrients are released for plants and during the process encouraging worms which provide aeration.
The benefit of properly applying organic mulch is a healthy ecosystem which will make your plants resistant to disease, insects and drought. This application will decrease the overall costs associated with maintenance and treatment, and give your garden a well maintained look.