Mulches Part II

Bark vs arborist’s wood chips:

Again, I defer to Linda Chalker-Scott: The Myth of Pretty Mulch pretty much 😉 says it all. Using bark mulch has too many disadvantages, whereas wood chips have few.

So  this:

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Lasagna treatment–layering cardboard and then compost over the grass and waiting for the whole lot to compost down to nice rich soil. Unfortunately not enough layers resulted in grass growing through after a nice mild wet winter.

…is now this:

About 6" of wood chip mulch applied on top of the turned-over, partly-decomposed turf.

About 6″ of wood chip mulch applied on top of the turned-over, partly-decomposed turf. Of course, it’ll be few hours more work to fill it up.

As I’ve said in previous posts, my garden is my research field. So I’m going to try to plant vegetables into this area at the end of the month, when the nights will be warm enough to allow the heat-loving plants to finally get out of the house. I’ll keep you posted on how we’re doing.

Incidentally, take a look at how the morning sun GLOWS through the leaves of the lily-of-the-valley. (Click on any pictures for a larger view.) Stay tuned for a post on “making the most of morning and evening light”.

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