best time to use it.
Truth is – there really isn’t a bad time. Mulch is a great thing, period. It makes your
plants pop, it helps them thrive, it looks great – everything. It’s both functional and
aesthetically pleasing and that’s not something you can say about anything very
So while we’ve established that there isn’t a BAD time, what’s the BEST time? Well,
that depends on some things, but here’s a quick guide that’ll help you decide for
yourself when’s best for you! Let’s jump right in!
You care about getting rid of weeds – Since plants start growing in the spring,
blocking sunlight will help prevent the growth of weeds. Weeds as you know – are
If you want a fresh, clean look – Because who doesn’t?
If you’re patient – We recommend waiting until mid to late spring to lay down the
mulch. Don’t do it too early because you can trap a lot of cold moisture and can
actually delay the emergence of your plants.
Mulch in the Fall if….
You’re really busy in the Spring – for a lot of people, their jobs kick back into gear in
the Spring, so you’re busy and you simply don’t have the time. And you know what?
That’s fine. That’s why we have the fall. You can take care of it then so you don’t
have to worry about it in the spring.
You’re not bothered too much by aesthetics – If you mulch now it won’t look so hot
come Spring time – and by that we mean the mulch. It’ll take snow, take the
moisture and all the other elements as well. It’ll still work perfectly fine and it’ll be
great for your plants. Just don’t expect that flawless bright brown/red look once the
weather warms up, is all. If it doesn’t bother you – which it shouldn’t – go ahead and
lay it down now.
You live in a place where the weather is super cold – If your winters are anything like
they are here in New England – it’s never too early to insulate your plants. That
being said, there is a little precision required. Allow a frost or two to lay it down to
keep the temperature even.
Should I mulch a second time?
If you have a lot of perennials, the answer is sadly ‘yes.’ OK, not sad – but they need a
little extra care as opposed to other plants. As the soil freezes and then subsequently
thaws, it can push these flowers out of their homes and adding another protective
layer can reduce the chances of that happening.
Also, if you have a ton of evergreens, then you definitely want to. Evergreens get dry
fast in the winter and covering the soil will keep the soil moist – and moist soil
means a healthier plant.
Like we said – there’s never a terrible time to mulch –and the Spring and Fall bring
with them certain benefits. Truth is you can choose either depending on your
schedule and the makeup of your yard. If you want some more advice or you have
some specific questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll give you a free