Garden mulch is any material placed directly on exposed soil
to prohibit sunlight from entering, preventing possible
seed germination and weed growth.
Also, mulching doesn't apply to the summer growing season only. Fall gardening is just as important when preparing to use winter mulch.
Winterizing gardens is especially important. During the winter months plants harden off and go dormant. Garden mulching for winter adds an extra layer of protection that is good for many reasons.
First, it is important to wait for the ground to freeze before placing mulch when fall gardening - timing is key.
Don't mulch too soon when starting spring gardening. Just as mulching in the fall - timing is key here to. Allow the ground to warm gradually. Vegetation wakes up from being dormant.
Once all frosts have passed from winter, scrape back existing mulch. This also aids in warming garden soil. Then begin to build up garden mulch, allowing a significant layer of weed protection once growing season starts.
This is very important. If mixed into the soil the mulch can have negative consequences, such as nitrogen being taken from soil. Should this happen roots have a hard time getting established.
Simple rule of thumb to help figure out how much mulch you need.
This is not an exact mulch calculator but it helps greatly. If you do want to add more it doesn't hurt.
Whether you have trees in your garden or lawn, some gardening tips when it comes to applying organic mulch:
Don't place mulch too closely around the tree base or mound it up. Doing so..
As for other mulching tips for trees...
When it comes to garden mulch, as with anything else,
if there are any directions given - Read 'em!
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