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Mulching in the winter protects your beds

Putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. As fall progresses and temperatures drop, those plants that aren’t killed outright by frost prepare for dormancy. Clear out the blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter.

 While it appears as if all activity in the garden has stopped, there’s a lot going on under the soil until it freezes. Newly transplanted trees and shrubs, divisions of perennials, and hardy bulbs are all growing roots, drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them. Earthworms and various microbes in the soil are still processing the organic material they’re finding. Most likely, the organic mulch you spread to protect the soil during the summer months has substantially decomposed. It’s important to spread new mulch now — a thicker winter layer — to protect plants and soil over the winter months. The idea is not so much to keep the soil warm as it is to keep the temperature even. Once the soil is frozen, mulch keeps it frozen. So if you have shade trees, convert the fallen leaves to mulch and use it throughout your property.
Marsh Brothers Lawns & Landscaping has the equipment and expertise to help you turn your leaves into mulch that can help protect your plants during the upcoming cold months. It’s a worthwhile investment to protect your yard. If you prefer, we offer other kinds of mulch that are equally effective and help your hard look neat.
shredded bark mulch to protect mums in winter
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Holiday Color Indoors: Amaryllis Bulbs 101

Amaryllis flowers are a traditional holiday favorite. They beautifully unfurl in beautiful reds, whites, pinks, oranges and greens. You can easily pot them during the cold season and plant them in the spring. They make great Christmas gifts too! Here’s a step-by-step guide the folks at Southern Living have put together.


How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 1

Step 1

Start with a pot a little larger than the width of your bulb. (Or cluster several bulbs close together in a larger container.) You want a tight fit. Use a porous, sterile potting mix that’s rich in organic matter. Soak each bulb in lukewarm water for a half hour before planting.





How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 2
Step 2

Add bulb to pot. Do not bury the bulb. Leave at least one-third of the bulb above soil level. Water well, and then let drain. Make sure you place it in a warm room to get it started.

Water again only after you see the green growth of the leaves emerging from the bulb. Do not overwater.





How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs: Step 3

 Step 3

Dress up your containers by covering soil with pine cones, moss, gravel, small stones, or even glass ornaments.






Photo: Van Chaplin, Article: Gene B. Bussell



Many Thanks to the Southern Living garden team!