There's a lot of snow predicted for my area today. So much for that early spring. I have to keep reminding myself that snow is a great plant insulator and it will fill the reservoirs and wells next spring. I was actually getting worried about the recent dry spell and I once again chopped up the Christmas tree to use as winter mulch.
Mulching may not be on your list of things to do at this time of year, if you live in a cold climate, but you might want to rethink that. Winter mulching makes sure that the plants you put to bed in the fall don't wake up before they're supposed to. It also helps them conserve whatever water remains in the soil during winter. And speaking of soil, winter mulch makes sure that all the things you added to your soil last season don't just wash away.
Winter mulching is about keeping the ground cold, not warm. The hard part is knowing when to do it. But for us lucky (ahem) gardeners buried under a foot or two of snow, nature has taken care of that for us. Here are some winter mulching tips for the rest of you.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti