If you want to have those beautiful Pinterest-ready gardens you see all over the web, your gardening tasks won’t come to an end in the winter. Gardening newbies generally think that their tasks for landscaping come to a close once the weather gets a little less bearable because plants go to sleep during the winter, right? Quite simply put, plants don’t sleep. You’ll need to be on the ball throughout the fall, even after that first snow that you thought was a signal that you’d be all done with your outside chores for the year. So what exactly is the first step to a properly tended garden in the fall? Mulching.
Fall Mulching Key Concepts
The most important part of understanding garden health mulching is knowing what kind of mulch you’ll need to use. There are a variety of types of mulch, which is actually dependant on more than just the color. Choosing the proper mulch and mulching your garden at the right time will ensure that your garden comes back perfectly in the spring and is ripe to be planted in and to get everything growing and full once more.
Prepare Your Planting Bed
Once all of your plants in your fall veggie garden or seasonal flower garden are dead and harvested you can start turning your attention toward mulching. Before you begin throwing wood chips all over the carcasses of your dead ornamental plants, pause. You should remove all the debris from the bed, first. This is a great opportunity to build up your compost pile. If you can spot plant debris and leftover from your dead plants that don’t appear to be diseased or anything, toss it on the compost pile to break down into awesome fertilizer at the beginning of next planting season. Take this opportunity to root out all those last minute weeds. This will ensure that you won’t be dealing with them, or their seedlings at the beginning of next planting season. Afterward, we recommend you rototill your soil with some garden lime to raise the pH of the soil and get it totally primed and ready for next year.
What is Living Mulch?
You’ll know living mulch as “green manure” and also “cover crop.” As many different names as it has, it’s only really what it sounds like: live plants are growing in a planting bed. It takes the place of traditional mulch fairly well. Mainly, it helps with soil erosion for your main larger beds. If you have a vegetable patch that’s rather large and you don’t want the soil to erode over time, we might suggest growing a crop of something like winter rye. This keeps your soil together and the pH level pretty healthy, and therefore, receptive.
The Ultimate Garden Protects Itself
If you’re new to gardening or a seasoned green thumb, you need to protect the roots of your operation. That means investing in a grow master gopher basket. In whatever region you reside in, there’s something lurking beneath the soil eating your plants from the bottom up and they don’t need to linger. Choose the humane way of driving off the little buggers. Choose a gopher basket. Shop our selection of sizes now to get a sense of how to prepare your garden best for the fall, winter and springtime critters that will be doing their best to diminish the strength of your perennials while you stay bundled up inside.
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