Does it help to cover garden beds (used for annuals only) with straw in the Fall?
Extension Specialist, Home Horticulture/4-H
Department of Crop Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org
If the beds are planted with only annuals, there's no need to cover them with straw. Straw or other mulches are used for winter protection around perennials to protect the crown and prevent heaving of the soil.