Sheet Mulching

Asked September 13, 2017, 3:53 PM EDT

Hello, We know we want to naturescape, but it might be a couple of years before we come up with a definitive plan. Is it okay to sheet mulch our entire yard with just cardboard and wood ships for now and plant later when we're ready?

Multnomah County Oregon sustainable gardening and landscaping horticulture

1 Response

Sheet mulching is a good way to smother weeds as you determine a plan for planting. Since you will be just using carbon-rich materials, pull back the chips from planting holes so that you can expose the bare soil and dig a hole 2x wider than your container. Plant the plant at the grade of the existing soil or use potting soil to around the plant to raise the elevation such that the soil in the container is a bit lower than the grade of the chips. Avoid mixing the wood chips in with the existing soil as you back fill the hole. As you put the wood chips around the plant, leave a 6" buffer as to not smother the stems of the plants.

Good luck with your project.