I have decided to cover the pathways with mulch this year. Last year I tried mulch on bare earth. That means I ended up mowing. This year I am going to lay large pieces of cardboard and then cover with mulch. In the last 30 years I have tried black plastic and weed cloth. I am still finding bits and pieces of these materials in my yard every year. I want biodegradable products this time around. If I run out of cardboard, wet newspaper or paper mulch in a large roll will be used as well.
My husband Mike dropped off 15 bags of mulch at the garden yesterday while I was at a day long class in Baltimore. He also picked up several hundred pounds of lime that I had to put on my lawn today. Last summer I had a soil analysis done on my lawn as well as the garden soil. Ph was 5.5. Too low for grass to be really happy. Southern States recommended 80 pounds of lime per 1000 square feet. The kicker is, you cannot lay more than 50 pounds at a time, so I spent my day in the yard.
We also pruned a lot. We had some fierce wind storms this winter and lots of broken branches to deal with.
In our town, we have a yard waste drop off at Heritage Farm Park. It is great! You show up, drop off your yard waste and they grind it up and make mulch, which is free for the taking. I personally like the bags. Easier to handle and you don't find any Christmas ornaments in your mulch.
|This pile is about 15 feet high|