Comments On - Winter Mulch Madness

Found this on a webpage about mulching for the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources: "A second application may be needed in autumn after the first frost to reduce heaving which breaks tree roots and leads to winter injury." And given that nature has mulch around it's plants year round, I don't see how applying an organic mulch of shredded leaves (once they're done falling) after first frost and well before spring is going to derail a garden. Also, nowhere in the post does it say apply in 'early spring' anyway.I recommend in the south that people apply mulch between Christmas and Valentines, which even in the south is winter. Also I advised people in colder climates to adjust their schedule as necessary. All pretty reasonable advice I would think. Sorry you feel differently--you may want to read the post with more care. Thanks for commenting.
Frank Hyman, Durham, NC
Posted: 1/16/2014 5:13:43 PM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 12/15/2012 7:23:52 AM
In the desert, I have to mulch my winter garden with straw, just so everything doesn't dry out too fast. Since we have mild winters, it's really not for heat retention until mid-January to early February. I use about 6 inches of straw and a row cover during that time, but it helps me by beginning the break-down of the straw when I toss it into the compost bin as the season wears on.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 10/15/2012 9:08:26 AM
Definitely works for our Northern California desert clime. I like to mulch before winter sets in and then when the snow comes I know my garden is all prepared for spring!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/24/2012 2:21:24 PM
We would not dare mulch the cold, wet soils of NE Ohio before perennial plants begin to grow. That would set us up for retarded growth and potential disease problems. Where in the US do you propose to do this early spring mulching?
Rita, Uniontown, OH
Posted: 2/9/2012 8:10:08 PM
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