War on Weeds: Light Deprivation
October 10, 2009 § 3 Comments
Because our yard was pretty much overrun with weeds when we moved in, making my war on weeds more on an ongoing campaign. I fully expect to be waging this war as long we own this home (or any home with a yard, for that matter) but hopefully not on this scale.
The latest method I’m testing, on quite a grand scale, involves using cardboard and mulch as weed block on the terraces on my backyard. It does what traditional weed barriers do and kills existing weeds and prevents new weeds from growing by blocking out light. I heard about this method from a lovely volunteer at the Gardens at Heather Farms . I did a little research and came across useful information on Re-Nest and DoItYourself.
I’d actually like to plant on these terraces . This makes cardboard and mulch a better option since they should breakdown over time. It probably would have been best to test this method out on a small patch of weeds, but a test run would take months. I’m hoping to have the tops of my terrace mostly weed-free by spring so that I can actually plant something. So we just decided to tackle the whole project straight away. We laid out cardboard and then spread mulch across all the three main terraces. Here’s what they look like now:
Fingers crossed that it works. If it’s a gigantic failure, I’ll have a tough time convincing my husband to help out on future gardening projects.