When wintertime rolls around in the Carmel, IN area you can be sure that the temperatures will get freezing. But as it stands, if winter arrived today, would your landscape beds withstand the stresses that would bring? The good news is if you haven't yet prepared your landscape beds for the winter freeze, there's still time.

Although it's easy to see how ground coverings improve the aesthetic of your landscape beds, it isn't so obvious how adding mulch or rock coverings protect your landscape beds. Nonetheless, gound coverings protect your landscape beds in the winter by regulating soil temperatures, retaining moisture, and controlling weeds.

Ground Coverings Help Regulate Soil Temperature

Winters in Carmel, IN can get very cold. And while cold weather makes for a festive holiday season, it represents a major challenge to your landscape beds. For example, low temperatures can freeze the roots of your plants and can cause significant damage. Rapid or frequent changes in temperature could heave plants from the soil and expose their roots to the elements.

Adding a ground covering to your landscape bed will regulate the temperature of your soil so that it stays consistently warm. In response, your plants get the protection they need from the cold temperatures that we experience during the winter. This will allow your plants to safely ride out their winter dormancy.

Ground Coverings Help Retain Moisture

While we often think of winter as cold and snow-filled, this time of year also happens to be very dry. Plants often experience this first-hand as frozen soil deprives their roots of moisture. It's difficult for dry plants to survive cold winters as the lack of water causes their cell walls to narrow.

Another way ground coverings improve winter conditions for your plants is by sealing in a much-needed layer of water. By allowing your roots to retain moisture throughout your plants' dormancy phase, ground coverings will help your plants stay hydrated throughout the winter season.

Ground Coverings Keep Weeds at Bay

Clover weeds growing in a landscape bed near Zionsville, IN.

Even though weeds don't typically grow in the winter, some still germinate in the fall and survive the winter season. By competing with your plants for nutrients, water, and sunlight, weeds can threaten their health. What's more, a landscape bed filled with weeds will also bring down the aesthetic of your landscape beds. A few of the common weeds in Indiana to be on the lookout for include:

  • Dandelions
  • Ground ivy
  • Nutsedge
  • Clover

While ground coverings don't stop weeds from germinating, they do prevent them from breaking the soil's surface. Before applying ground coverings, you will first need to properly prepare your landscape beds by smoothing the soil and removing any existing weeds.

We offer a landscape bed weed control service that is available from March through November.

Protect your landscape beds from the winter with our ground covering service. Contact us today!

Landscape beds can upgrade your property's curb appeal. But as you've just read, they're also capable of protecting your plants through winter. Of course, when it comes to lifting your curb appeal and shielding your plants from the winter elements, you shouldn't trust this task to just anybody.

You’ll want to partner with professionals who understand how to properly protect landscape beds in Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, or nearby areas in Indiana from the cold winter weather. At Precision Cutz Lawn Care, we've been helping property owners protect their landscape beds from the winter freeze with ground coverings for years. Contact us today at 317-965-7868 for a quote. We look forward to helping you add to the beauty of your landscape beds while also protecting them from the freezing weather with our ground coverings service.