For a first-timer, mulching is the technical term for covering the soil. The process involves adding onto soil to enhance the conditions favourable for plant growth, development, and efficient crop production. Adding mulch to your flower beds or around trees in the fall has several benefits. It helps reduce water loss and protects the soil from eroding. Also, it helps reduce the inhibition of weeds. (This is true for summer mulching as well). However, the other unique benefit of winter mulching is the regulation of soil temperature and moisture. Mulch will help your garden bed to conveniently transition and prepare for winter conditions. A thick layer of mulch serves as a buffer against hard frosts. As it breaks down, the mulch adds fresh organic material into your soil.
Compost Harvesting and Regeneration
Check your composter to see if there is any compost ready to use. This rich material helps top up garden beds and fertilize lawns even through the fall. Then your compost bin will be ready in the spring for a new batch. Did you know you can add to your bin chopped autumn leaves? Alternate with kitchen scraps and other active green matter.