November 18, 2014

When it comes to protecting plants in the winter, it’s hard to beat mulch as a natural protector.

There are many types of mulch on the market. You can also make your own mulch. It’s important to have an understanding of the different kinds of mulch.

The two basic types of mulch are organic and inorganic mulch. Organic mulch is made up of plant matter that has broken down over time. This includes material like leaves, grass clippings, pine needles and bark chips. Organic mulch keeps plant roots warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A two-to-three inch layer of organic mulch helps minimize water evaporation after watering your lawn. This means less water waste.

Organic mulch will eventually break down. However, as it breaks down, organic mulch will improve soil structure and drainage while controlling soil erosion and reducing dust.

Inorganic mulch are made of manmade materials or of materials that do not break down. Inorganic mulch can be made up of things like pebbles, stone and ground rubber tire. Inorganic mulch is often put on things like plastic covers outdoors to keep the covers in place.

Organic mulch is the definite choice for winter mulch. Winter mulch will keep the ground frozen until spring arrives and brings along warmer weather on a consistent basis. This allows soil to be ready for a new growing season.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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