Plants need to build their food reserve for winter and in the absence of good soil conditions and balanced fertilizer use, plants become more prone to winter damage.
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Hanging baskets and containers
Hanging baskets and other container plants can actually become weak due to excess growth. Chemical fertilizers tend to grow the plants fast and don’t carry any supplements; hence plants stretch, develop deficiencies and become weak. They transpire (releasing moisture through leaves) more due to stretching and as a result of too much stress, they get attacked by pests and grow weak. Container plants grown with organic products have sturdy growth and need less water.
Mulching helps in several ways: