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plants warm. The real purpose of mulch is to moderate temperature swings in the soil. The soil alternately freezes and thaws during the winter. This can result in heaving the plants upward and tearing the tender root system. For this reason, winter mulching should not be done until after the soil freezes. When temperatures start dipping into the 50s, bring the houseplants that you have set outside for the summer back into the house. You don’t want to bring in any bugs or diseases, so check them for any insect or disease problems. Discard any plants that are really infested, or treat them with an aerosol houseplant insect spray. Keep an eye out for spider mites on

Mulching in the winter can help keep your plants from heaving. But most gardeners become confused about winter mulching, thinking that mulch prevents the soil from freezing and keeps the

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