Sheet mulching as a solution to many gardening challenges

A big part of gardening is finding solutions to plant-related challenges. I found myself in that position, faced with a hillside yard that was too steep to safely mow, and too large to easily dig up and replant. The solution to addressing this challenge was sheet mulching, a method that can be used on many types of areas that a gardener wants to prepare for new planting.

Sheet mulching can create areas for new plantings, especially in areas overrun with grass and weeds.

The gardening literature includes a wide range of instructions for implementing this process, which is also referred to as lasagna composting. This article will describe the major considerations and this gardener’s recent experience.

Sheet mulching achieves two major goals. First, it kills the grass and weeds that would prevent a new garden from flourishing, and second, it creates good soil for the new plantings. The main materials are sheets of cardboard or paper, at least one source of carbon (referred to as “browns” in composting terms), at least one source of nitrogen (referred to as “greens” in composting terms) and water.

The main materials for sheet mulching are sheets of cardboard or paper, at least one source of carbon (referred to as “browns” in composting terms), at least one source of nitrogen (referred to as “greens” in composting terms) and water.

The cardboard layer is placed directly on the target area, ideally after mowing as low as possible, then covered with the browns and greens. Make sure that the cardboard is devoid of any tape or staples, with as little ink as possible. Larger sheets make the process easier, especially if you are covering a large or sloped area. Secure the cardboard with stakes and bricks as needed until the biological processes are sufficiently underway to stop the material from slipping or blowing away. Once the cardboard is in place, begin regular watering.

https://www.timesonline.com/story/lifestyle/home-garden/2021/12/14/over-garden-gate-sheet-mulching-solution-many-gardening-challenges/6490167001/

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