Still hungry for more fall gardening tips? We’re here to quench your hunger for knowledge with a whole list of knowledge improving and skill honing tips and articles to help you determine how to care for your garden during all the different times of the year. If you’re still exploring the various options you can pursue for your fall mulching project we’ve got more explanation regarding the green mulch and other mulch options that will keep your soil healthy and your perennials still kicking as the fall season comes to a close and the winter rockets into full swing.
Living Mulch Pros and Cons
When choosing a type of living mulch, you’ll want to choose a crop that’s likely to fertilize the soil at the end of the season when you rototill the crop back into the soil. Lots of gardeners choose a living mulch because fall is usually still warm enough to spend time outside. So rather than consign your various gardening beds to looking like hell covered with leaf mulch or something less attractive but good for your soil, many folks prefer a winter crop instead. If you’re hoping for a properly aesthetic winter crop, we recommend a couple of different plants that will keep the weeds at bay and survive the colder temperatures for quite some time. The suggested crops are all pretty low maintenance and can be rototilled back into the soil with very little sentimental loss. Since their colors are vibrant and they’re hearty, it makes for the perfect option for a quick turnaround sort of plant in soon-to-be inclimate weather.
- Red Osier Dogwood
- Cranberrybush viburnum
If you’re trying to stay more green-conscious and keep your gardening budget to a minimum, believe us we know how quickly the hobby can get more expensive, we’d urge you to try fall mulching with your recycled leaves. Rake up your leaves, shred them and sprinkle them on top of your rototilled garden beds. We recommend doing this after adding garden lime for the sake of the pH of your soil. It’s certainly not as aesthetically pleasing as winter rye, another winter crop, or even the classical wood mulch it’s much more earth and budget friendly.
Why Mulch in The Fall
The soil in most climates is delicate. At any point during a particularly bad winter, you can lose all the nutrient and value in your soil if you aren’t careful. Which means you’ll spend extra time trying to figure out how to bolster your soil that it doesn’t kill off all your new plants when you replant in the spring. Proper fall mulching will shield your plants from winter’s cold and keep the soil from eroding. It’ll even protect your perennials during their dormancy.
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