Should I Sheet Mulch My Entire Yard At Once?
I bought a house this year with a 4000 sqft backyard that is overgrown with grass, weeds and clusters of poplar saplings from a large overhanging tree in the neighbor's yard. The yard is also full of overgrown trenches/in-ground garden beds from the last time it was gardened (about three growing seasons back according to the neighbor). The soil does appear to be dark and rich, but I have not tested it yet. I was considering just sheet mulching the entire yard with cardboard and wood chips before Spring (i.e. now) and starting a few garden beds close to the house. The plan is to eventually rework the entire yard into organic gardens and native plants (I also enrolled in the backyard habitat program last week). Is sheet mulching the whole yard a feasible way to control the weeds, grass and saplings that will inevitably be sprouting up this Spring and Summer? If not, are there any other techniques you suggest for controlling the weed growth and preparing the yard?
Multnomah County Oregon