Readers of the blog may remember 'Mulch, Mulch, Glorious Mulch' from way back when, actually 24th March. Well, here we are again, this time though, mulching in the autumn, rather than spring. Mulches are best applied from mid to late spring or autumn when the soil is moist and warm, so rather than applying it next year, we have decided to mulch in November now that the border has been cleared. (We also need the space, as all the compost bins are full and we have nowhere to place the rest of the leaves and other hebaceous material)
As with mulching in the spring, the mulch will conserve the soil moisture, block weeds, improve soil structure and look good, however mulching in autumn provides protection for the plants from drastic temperature changes as the cold winter approaches.