Mulching - protects plants from freezing
Autumn has come - a time when it is worth thinking about how your plants will winter. This is especially important in regions where early frosts and snow fall late, leaving the ground bare. In such conditions, early frosts are very dangerous for the root system of plants. One of the best ways to prepare the garden for winter is to lay a layer of organic mulch on the flower beds. Mulching acts as a deep snow cover, mitigating temperature fluctuations. This protects the roots from freezing during a sudden cold snap and thawing.
What to use as mulch?
Yes, she just rolls around at this time of year. First of all, these are fallen leaves. If there is a shortage of them in the garden, then they are in abundance in the forest. But not all leaves are suitable for mulching. You need to use small ones, they better allow natural moisture to seep to the surface of the soil in the spring.
In addition, such leaves decompose faster than larger ones, and additional nutrients enter plants faster, that is, they act as fertilizers. It is desirable to grind a large sheet. So that the sheet blanket does not stir up the wind, sprinkle sand on top of it.
In areas where leaves are scarce, straw can be used. Hay is not recommended for mulching, as it contains a lot of weed seeds. From evergreen trees they take needles, bark, and sometimes cones as mulch.
It is important to consider the time when we apply mulching to protect plants from the cold. You need to do this before the frost itself, since in the mulch rodents can settle for wintering and damage the succulent roots of plants.
In the spring, the mulch layer is removed in compost containers to avoid the flourishing of fungal diseases. Soil cultivation is sometimes used.
Mulching helps in weed control. Free areas covered with a small layer, for example, the bark of conifers, remain clean almost the entire season.