Deciding to mulch your garden in the fall is like making a long-term investment in your harvest. You are setting yourself up to be as dynamic as possible in the springtime. Mulching will help you build the foundation for a large and diverse spring harvest.
Choosing to mulch near the end of Autumn guarantees that, as soon as spring blooms, you’ll be able to start your planting cycle right away. This will avoid wasting time, and let you plant crops that may need a bit more time to grow.
Many professional landscapers recommend fall mulching and say that it is a much better option than waiting for spring to bloom.
The optimal time to begin mulching is after you have completely harvested or cleared your fall vegetable gardens. You should cut the stems of all perennials popping up through the dirt, so you have a flat and clear surface to begin with.
Wait until after the first freeze of fall to begin mulching. You don’t want to start too early, as it won’t be nearly as effective.
You should layer your mulch about 3 inches thick and make sure that it is spread evenly throughout the plot. The type of mulch that you chose will be specific to you and your garden. Some types of mulch that trap air the best include shredded leaves, shredded bark, and straw. Intentionally selecting a type of mulch that can trap air is conducive to better insulation, which is a key perk of fall mulching.
If you live in a relatively windy area, cover your mulch with chicken wire or wire fencing. This will help anchor it to the ground. It will prevent the wind from disrupting your mulch and scattering your hard work everywhere.
Mulching in the fall can very effectively insulate your soil. This insulation benefits all the organisms living within the dirt, such as earthworms and microbes. It allows these organisms to thrive, even when the temperature begins to drop. This helps them stay active and alive so they can improve and fortify your soil.
Mulching can effectively insulate plant roots as well. This helps mediate quick drops in temperature, which can put stress on the soil. Fall mulching is better than spring mulching when it comes to suppressing weed growth. Fall mulching is extremely effective at retaining the moisture in your soil and protecting your garden against unwanted erosion.
There are many factors that may come into play in your decision to mulch in the fall. What kind of mulch you use, and your strategy, are largely individual and contingent on your location. They also depend on the weather and temperature of each fall, as well as the type of plants that you want to grow.
Here at Windwood Bulk, we offer a great selection of mulches for you and your lawn. Contact us for more information about mulching in the fall!