As the weather gets cooler, mulch your planting beds in order to prepare your landscaping for winter. Mulch keeps the soil a more consistent temperature throughout the winter. Beds without mulch will be subject to the constant thaw and refreezing that occurs over the course of a St. Louis winter, which can cause the water in the soil and roots to expand and contract. The expansion and contraction of the water may even work the roots out of the soil, exposing them to the cold, drying winter winds.
Mulching your planting beds has the added benefit of conserving moisture, further protecting your plants from the dry winter conditions. Some types of mulch have the added benefit of naturally decomposing into organic matter perfect to help the soil in spring.
Mulching is a great way to prevent pesky weeds from sprouting. Some weed species produce tens of thousands of seeds per plant, so even when all the weeds have been pulled from a bed, there may be seeds lurking just under the surface, waiting to pop up at the first sign of spring. Putting down a layer of mulch prevents weeds from getting the sunlight they need, severely slowing their growth.
Not only does mulch benefit your plants and inhibit weeds, but it can also give your landscaping a fresh look just in time for the new season. Quiet Village offers a variety of mulch types and colors. Ask us about our environmentally friendly options! Call us today and talk to our experts about what kind of mulch is best for your needs. Together, we can keep your planting beds cozy all winter long.