Can You Lay Mulch in Winter?

Can you lay mulch in the winter? Lehnhoff's Supply

Even though spring is traditionally considered the best time to mulch, laying mulch in the winter is incredibly beneficial. Keep reading to learn more.

When we think of winter, we often think of cold weather, snow, and holiday decorating. Gardening and landscaping aren’t at the forefront of our minds when the temperatures drop. It’s not until the first signs of spring that people begin picking out mulch and deciding the best type for their new landscaping projects. Even though spring is traditionally considered the best time to mulch, laying mulch in the winter is incredibly beneficial. Keep reading to learn more.

Why Mulch in the Winter?

People mulch in the winter because it protects the plant’s roots from the weather. Mulch regulates the soil temperature during the winter and prevents frost heaving. This is when the soil freezes and thaws and lifts the top of the roots out of the ground. This exposes them to frost, which can kill the plant. If the area gets a lot of rain in the winter, mulch also keeps the soil from washing away. Mulch also keeps a plant dormant by keeping the ground cold during a warm snap. Mulch applied in late winter also stops weed seeds from sprouting in the spring. Mulching locks in moisture and creates a warm, active ecosystem, making nutrient-rich soil for your plants and trees. 

When to Mulch in Winter

Knowing the right time to apply mulch for winter is critical. You do not want to apply it too early or late, which could affect your plants. You should apply winter mulch after the first frost, usually when temperatures drop below 25 degrees F. Where you live determines when the first frost occurs.

Be Selective When Mulching

Not all plants need to be mulched for the winter. While mulching can be why a tender plant survives the winter, it is not necessary for every garden plant. And then, for plants that require mulching, it is essential to use the proper technique. Do not pile the mulch around the plant, creating a mound shape. This can cause rotting around the trunk and lead to diseases that can eventually kill it. A good rule of thumb is to apply a two or three-inch layer evenly across the area. Adding more wastes money and may smother the root system.

Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help

If you still have more questions about mulching this winter, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.

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