If you do not understand what mulching a lawn is all about, then you need to know that it entails the process of spreading organic manure over your lawn in an effort to feed it. When the plants grow in the wild, this is how they end up getting the nutrients, and that is why you will not here of a forest having lost its fertility. When it comes to mulching your lawn, you need to understand that this is a necessary process if you want to make it grow healthy and beautiful. Besides providing the soil with the nutrients that your lawn will need, it also ensures that your soil is of a dark color and emits a very nice smell.

Before Mulching

Ensure that all that you have in your mulch is nothing but organic matter. If you have any matter that is not organic, such as plastics and metals, you can be sure that they will not decompose in the way that you would like them to. In addition to this, you also need to ensure that you do not have poisonous substances within your mulch. These poisonous substances include things like electronic wastes, heavy metals, and so on.  

Before mulching your lawn you need to prepare the ground so that after the process of mulching, the nutrients will be able to get into the soil as required. Therefore, the first thing that you will need to do is to remove any weeds in the lawn. This is to ensure that the weeds do not start competing with your lawn for the much needed fertilizer.

After you have removed the weeds, you now need to aerate the soil a little bit. However, when you do this, you need to ensure that you do not go so deep to the extent of harming the very lawn that you want to feed. Instead, you need to limit your aeration to up to 2.5 inches deep so that you do not tamper with the roots of the grass.

Process Of Mulching

Once your lawn is ready for mulching, then you need to start spreading the mulch all over your lawn. Since mulch is usually very bulky; you can expect it to stay on the source for around three days. After that, you will not that it will have started drying away and it will not even be noticeable after some time.

A good number of people find mulching to be quite tedious job. Although this might be true, it is also important to realize that after some few days, the lawn will be one of the best ones that you might have ever come across.

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Sheet mulching in the back 40
We sheet-mulched the row along/under the apple trees. Here it is after laying down a bunch of compost and then cardboard for weed suppression.

Tonight, I planted comfrey, bee balm, calendula, and yarrow among the row, then mulched over everything with straw from the chicken coop.

My idea was to use the PVC hoops for bird netting, to keep the chickens out for a while (comfrey is, among other things, good chicken forage). But after working with the stuff for a while, I think I need to come up with something different. It’s really horrible, and I know birds will get caught up underneath it.

I think I’m also going to try making some seed balls of native wildflowers to throw in there, and try to seed it through with clover, a good nitrogen fixer.

You may be surprised that none of this sounds like "food", but it’s all part of the bigger picture of creating resilient system in our yard.

Yarrow: (Achillea millefolium) good for beneficial insects and pollinators (bees!); also used as a medicinal

Comfrey: a potent medicinal; a dynamic accumulator (its deep roots bring nutrients up from deep underground where other plants can use them), mulch (lots of leaves full of those nutrients)

Bee balm: also a good insectiary and medicinal

Calendula: I love this plant! I make a salve from it that is really amazing in healing minor cuts and abrasions (like from the @#$^& blackberries…)

This week, Western Bluebirds showed up…and showed interest in a nest box I put up. They’ve never nested here before. I’m encouraged by them, and the Black Phoebe that started showing up last summer. Seed eaters are easy to attract, but if the insectivores come in, it’s a big win and means I’m doing things right in terms of increasing biodiversity at the site.

I can’t wait until things fill in and start blooming…
By terriem on 2009-04-11 08:32:08
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