If you'd like to give your plants a little more attention this year, why don't you try a new technique this time: Mounding, or hilling, as it's called is easy enough for even an amateur home improvement specialist to try out
February 16, 2014 (Newswire) - If you'd like to give your plants a little more attention this year, why don't you try a new technique this time: Mounding, or hilling, as it's called is easy enough for even an amateur home improvement specialist to try out, and it's been in practice for decades now. Typically performed in cooler climes, it is an activity applicable to any terrain.
Benefits of hilling:
Mounding Toronto plants can help keep the soil warmer, as it is higher and therefore more likely to attract the sun's rays. This is especially crucial during fall or winter months to protect the more sensitive plants from dying out.
Hilling allows excess moisture to trickle down and away from the plants. This is a good method to employ in case of sudden showers that can submerge your saplings.
Loosening the soil in this way allows your plants to breathe better and thus allows it to develop better roots. Nutrients can also be accessed more easily by your plant.
Mulching, as it's also called, can allow for more gradual changes in temperature so that your plants don't suffer from shock.
1. Get hold of a good mulch that is rich in nutrients.
2. Heap it into a mound that is four to six inches in height.
3. Underneath this heap, add sufficient compost or fertiliser.
4. Wait till the soil has warmed under the sun and then sow the plant in it.
When to mulch:
Mulching is applicable for certain types of plants only:
You can use this method for harvest plants, like potatoes or tomatoes. Mounding Toronto plants helps prepare them for the harsh winter.
Adding a mulch can be used for very young plants so that it gives them more vertical length to grow. This is especially useful in cases where the plant is too weak stemmed to grow without a bit of help.
This method can be used for delicate plants like roses that typically do not survive a harsh winter. In this case, use soil that is not too tightly packed so that you do not choke the plant.
If you are planning to begin this activity ahead of the winter months, first clear out your garden of all dead or decaying plants during the fall. Once you've cleared your yard of all the waste in it, you'll be able to better tell which plants need to be mounded and which don't. Get your tools ready: A shovel and a rake are typically sufficient for the process. Make sure to use lots of manure or compost under the mound so that your plants look happier and healthier at the end of the season.