When to Apply Winter Mulch

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Learn when to apply winter mulch to help your garden soil retain warmth before the ground gets too cold. A landscaping expert offers valuable professional advice in this free video on winter garden care.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the aspiring gardener. And today, we're going to talk about when to apply winter mulch. Now, it's kind of a tricky thing, and you kind of have to be ready to go whenever the weather around you dictates. So, the best thing to do, is when you approach fall, and you know the weather's going to change, choose the type of mulch you're going to use, and have it handy, because you're going to apply it as soon as the weather drops down, but does not freeze. What we want to do, is we want to keep the soil temperature even. We don't want to have it become too cold, and then mulch and keep the cold in. On the other hand, if we mulch too early, when the weather's still warm, we're going to hold that warmth in. And, what happens if you do that is, the plant continues to grow too much, and becomes vulnerable to the cold weather outside. So, what you want to do, is you want to wait until the temperature in the soil has dropped, but not frozen. Then, you go out, and you protect, and you mulch your plants, and you leave that mulch there throughout the winter. And then, before it gets really warm in the spring, you want to take that mulch away, so the plants can warm back up naturally. If you leave the mulch down too long, you also might keep, you might also cause that vulnerability. So, what you want to do is, you want to make sure that you pull that mulch away in the spring as well, because you want to be able to let the plant soil and everything warm up naturally. So, as soon as the weather warms up, pull it back away. Having mulch up against tree trunks and shrubs can also cause rot, and insects, and other problems. So, use the mulch when you need it, pull it away when you're done. And, that's how you apply winter mulch.

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