Late last summer, I published a post about my weeding prowess
and proudly posted the results of my work:
Not a weed to be found in site. I even shared my most secretive of tips on the proper weeding form:
A bit cocky, yes. Did I assume it would hold up over time? Yeah, I did.
Fast forward to this spring, and I’m stressing big time over my weed “issues”. Here is what things look like in the neglected section of my side garden bed:
Damn I’m lazy and/or need more time.
My immediate thought was to get in the dirt and start pulling like a raged lunatic. But I’m not that guy any more. I now count slowly to ten and review the options in my head. Pulling blindly didn’t work out in the recent past so we need a new approach. I have been making a concerted effort to plant in all available empty spaces but that wouldn’t work in this spot. Hmmmm …
I recalled reading up a bit on the use of cardboard as a weed suppressant. And guess who has oodles and oodles of cardboard sitting in their garage? It was time to surf the interwebs a bit before making a final decision on my next steps.
I found a great discussion on this topic at the GardenWeb forums
which you can read here
, and after reading each and every entry, decided I was going to give it a go. What was there to lose? Even if it fails miserably, I can chalk it up as a learning experience. Garden as labaratory, if you will.
Before I show you Operation Cardboard as Mulch, I also wanted to share an article with you that is anti-cardboard. You can read it here – “Why I don’t like carboard mulch”
. Interesting stuff, but not enough to change my mind.
So here we go.
One section of the bed overrun with weeds:
And yet another weed party here:
Down goes the cardboard pieces, sort of like a jigsaw puzzle:
Next step was to soak the cardboard to keep it in place:
Final step was to put down a few inches of mulch to keep it all in place and to further squash out those undesirables.
Here is the first “before and after”:
And the 2nd “before and after”:
I have additional areas to hit up with more cardboard so this is only the beginning.
Here’s hoping the weeds die a painful death as they are starved of the sun.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way; good or bad.