How To Mulch In Fall For A Beautiful Garden In Spring

When the fall comes around, and temperatures drop, so does your motivation to the landscape. Listen, we totally understand, there is not nearly as much to do and your landscape seems to take care of itself. However, it is our job to try and educate our clients on every single thing they can do to improve their landscape, no matter how small. Because the weather in Florida does not get too cold, we are not shut inside. One of the things we can do is inspect the current state of our mulch situation. Mulch is one of the most beneficial and important landscaping materials, and you would be hard-pressed to find a great landscape without it. When the cold comes, it is one of the best installations you can make. Here is how to mulch in the fall to lead to a beautiful garden in the spring.

Mulch Type: Organic versus InorganicHow To Mulch In Fall For A Beautiful Garden In Spring

Regardless of the type of mulch you select, it is generally going to offer similar benefits. Organic varieties like bark, pine straw, and wood chips will decompose over time, leaving the organic matter in its wake. This organic matter can be used by the roots of your plant material, which will provide a boost to plant health over time. However, the inorganic rock options for mulch will offer the rest of the benefits as well. Keeping out weeds, and insulating soil from extreme temperatures. This is the key as winter rolls around, making sure your soil and thus the roots of your plant material are adequately protected from the cold. The same insulation will also preserve the moisture in the soil keeping it from freezing or evaporating. This really becomes up to personal preference, and the aesthetic you prefer.

The Earlier the Better

Once you have selected the type of mulch you would like to install, now is the time to install it. The sooner the better, and you should try to maximize the benefits by doing so before the first frost, and definitely the first freeze. Additionally, if your mulch is in okay condition already, but has become disheveled and unkempt, you may not need a new installation. Assuming there is enough mulch left, you can easily spread the mulch back out and save some money.

Prepare the Beds

In order for mulch to work best, you want to create a pristine environment in the area where it is to be installed. Do not set up mulch for failure by allowing debris to sit on the soil, or weeds to exist in the plant bed. Remove both debris and unwanted plant material before installing, although you should have more room regardless given the time of year, another reason to install in the fall. Make sure mulch is spread evenly, and that the layer is anywhere from an inch to two inches thick. By doing so, your plants should react less severely to temperature swings throughout the winter, and be ready to go when spring comes along. 

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