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Mulch for cold snaps

Why mulch matters: mulch is a powerful ally in protecting your garden from the ravages of winter. Here’s why mulch is a gardener’s best friend to protect your garden during frosty spells and cold snaps:

As autumn leaves turn golden and the air grows crisper, the inevitable cold snap follows heralds the arrival of winter temperatures. While some may see this as a time to bid farewell to their beloved gardens until spring, savvy gardeners know that there’s no need to put away their gloves just yet. With a little preparation and the right tools, you can keep your garden thriving even in the face of frost and temperature extremes. One essential tool in your winter gardening arsenal? Mulch.

1. Insulation: One of the primary roles of mulch is to act as a natural insulator. When you spread a layer of mulch over your garden soil, it helps to regulate soil temperature. During a cold snap, this insulation prevents the soil from freezing too deeply, which can damage the roots of your plants.

2. Frost Protection: As temperatures plummet overnight, frost can pose a significant threat to your garden. Mulch acts as a barrier between your plants and the cold air, reducing the risk of frost damage. By keeping the soil temperature more stable, it helps your plants survive the coldest nights.

3. Moisture Retention: During a cold snap, moisture can quickly evaporate from the soil. Mulch helps retain moisture, ensuring that your plants have access to the water they need to stay healthy and hydrated, even when the weather turns frigid.

4. Weed Suppression: Mulch serves as a natural weed suppressant. This is particularly valuable during the winter months when many gardeners prefer to take a break from weeding. By smothering weeds, mulch helps keep your garden tidy and reduces competition for nutrients.

How to Apply Mulch

To effectively protect your garden from the cold snap follow these steps when applying mulch:

  1. Clear the Garden: Remove any debris, weeds, or fallen leaves from your garden beds.
  2. Add a Layer of Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch about 2-4 inches thick over the soil surface. Be sure to leave a small gap around the base of your plants to prevent moisture-related issues.
  3. Maintain as Needed: Throughout the winter, keep an eye on your mulch layer. If it becomes compacted or thins out, add more mulch to maintain the desired thickness.

Don’t let the cold snap catch you off guard this winter. By taking the time to protect your garden, you can enjoy a thriving garden even when the mercury drops. So, before the first frost settles in, make mulch your gardening ally, and watch your garden flourish in the face of winter’s challenges. Happy gardening!

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Mulch offers protection from a cold snap

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Sustainability and efficiency is at the heart of everything we do at Apsley Farms. We’ve adopted cutting edge technologies and turned low value crops into renewable energy. We focus on a circular economy by returning the nutrients in our digestate products back to the land as a fertiliser.
Our process of generating green gas and other important by-products ticks three important boxes: it displaces natural gas (fossil fuel) in the gas grid to heat people’s homes; it displaces CO2 made by the fertiliser industry, which is essential in the food industry; and it simultaneously generates natural fertiliser in the process!

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