If you’re thinking about starting a new garden or flower bed or foot path, sheet mulching is a quick and easy ‘short-cut’. BASICALLY, SHEET MULCHING requires NO DIGGING UP GRASS OR WEEDS. ENCOURAGES MOISTURE RETENTION. ENCOURAGES WORM ACTIVITY AND “AERATION” OF THE SOIL. A MEANS OF DIRECT COMPOSTING.
For a new garden bed, it’s best to start in the Fall, but you can make-do in spring using this method. You’ll need water and a garden hose, newspaper, leaves/wood chips, compost (optional to enrich soil) and a shovel. Basically, dig a small trench (2 inch X 2 inch) outlining the footprint of your garden bed or path. Turn on the hose and layer the full-page newspapers over the grass/weeds about 5 sheets at a time, wetting them as you go so they don’t blow away. Keep layering newspaper with 5 – 10 sheets down into the trench as well. Cover wet newspaper with leaves, wood chips, etc. You may cut slits into the newspaper and plant now if you wish. Ultimately, the grass/weeds will decompose, enriching the soil. It’s simple and immediate…for all those gardeners who need instant gratification…every now and again!