Tidy or mulch?
Happy Boxing Day, all!
I'm confused as to whether or not I should clear up the dead leaves in my flowerbeds before winter (I know, I'm running a bit late...) or not. My mum always said you should do so because otherwise the plants will get diseases, because the stuff we grow in gardens is not as hardy as plants that grow in the wild. However, I have gained the impression somewhere that leaving a layer of leaves should protect the plants from frost. And isn't mulching pretty much the same thing anyway?
The only 'problem' I've noticed from not having cleared up leaves in the past is that when I clear them up in the spring, the bulbs are taken by surprise and left with shoots above ground that aren't even green. I don't know if that matters or not.
I'd be interested to know if there is a 'right' answer, or if this is a matter of opinion!