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Old 05-09-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
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Made a gif to show the process of sheet mulching to change grass to a garden. People kept asking me how to do it, so this should make it easier. =)

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Old 05-09-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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cool thanks rb
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Yes, thanks for sharing.

I want to do this on a large scale so I can avoid using chemicals or spading/rototilling. I wish I had HUGE quantities of (free) mulch.

The other day, I picked up more cardboard from an appliance store. I'm hoping to do a section at a time...and finally get my native meadow started.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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Nicely done! I thought you needed a deeper layer of mulch, etc to plant in.
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Can you by chance please provide photographs of a real process that actually happened as opposed to gifs of something that might be?
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Here is a good video showing it in motion. I dont have any actual progress photos myself as I dont like to take pictures with my hands being dirty. Will try to get some pictures together when I do it at my parents to extend some beds and take out some lawn.

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Old 05-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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Nicely done! I thought you needed a deeper layer of mulch, etc to plant in.
The sheet mulch will cut out most plants. Applying the recommended amount of mulch on top for a bed is ideal. I have seen people suggesting no more than 3" of mulch, and I have seen people suggest 18" of wood chips. 3" is the number I keep seeing for weed germination suppression.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:52 PM   #8
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Another good video from UMass Amherst Permaculture.

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Old 05-15-2014, 01:03 PM   #9
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A step by step process with a pleasant flow in this video.

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Thanks Rocker..I'll take a look into all of those as I've the time.
It's nice to see variations of how something like that is accomplished. Short cuts are always welcome!
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