Mulch helps reduce the freezing and thawing of the soil that breaks off the small roots and in some cases can lift the plants partially out of the ground. This translates into reduced yields and smaller berries.
Mulching also slows plant development in the spring. This helps reduce frost injury to the flowers and helps to conserve moisture.
Mulch keeps the berries off the ground which also prevents fruit rot and keeps berries clean.
Mulch can also reduce weed pressure in early spring and makes harvest MUCH easier and cleaner, especially under wet conditions.
Straw mulch is the preferred mulching material.
Cover the plants so you can still see a number of leaves peeking out from beneath the straw. Excessive mulch can smother plants!!!
Upon spring's arrival, don't rush mulch removal...the mulch will continue to protect the fruit buds!
When the plants begin growing and the foliage looks slightly yellow, you can remove the mulch.
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