Mulching over the cold season is almost always never done. Most people are too critical about mulching over winter because there is barely any planting and the snow pretty much destroys any chances of landscaping. If perhaps you have a small winter garden however, then this is for you. Mulching can be as beneficial to you over the winter season as it is over summer or spring or even fall. Mulch in winter is extremely critical for the preservation of the crops as they germinate.
The reasons for mulching in winter include, but are not limited to;
The cold of winter can be devastating for your garden crops. The cold freezes the plants there by reducing the effectiveness of photosynthesis. The plants may then thaw or even wither out and die. If they do not die, they become exposed or pulled out from the soil which is vital for their growth and germination. Eventually, they die. Mulching prevents the cold from becoming too harsh on the plants. The air pockets that develop in between the spaces of the mulch act as insulators against the cold harsh weather. At the same time, the insulation works to reduce the dissipation of heat from the soil there by maintaining favourable heat for the growth of the crops.
Over winter, there are very scarce resources for plants. As such, they generally depend on what is stored in the soil. Nutrients and moisture are gotten from the soil to promote germination and at the same time, organisms in the soil also aid in germination in one way or the other. The soil is therefore very crucial to the survival of the plants. Considering this, erosion from rain or blizzards in winter poses a threat to the survival of the plants. Mulch can help protect that by preventing erosion of the soil.
Through decomposition of the mulch, nutrients that promote the growth of plants are seeded into the soil. These nutrients are then taken up by the plants to provide for them. They are vital and necessary and not to mention required by the plants since there is a shortage of resources over the winter. Mulch is therefore very beneficial.