While there’s not much you can do during wintertime for your garden, it’s the ripe time to prepare your soil for spring planting. And you can do it through sheet mulching.
What is sheet mulching?
Sheet mulching is the process of layering materials which will enrich the soil without resorting to chemical products. It also protects your soil from the cold weather during winter which may make it hard for you to shape your soil up for spring planting.
How to do sheet mulching?
Layer up easily biodegradable cardboard to act as a weed barrier. To make the cardboard decompose faster, shred it and soak it in water. Feel free to pile up recently cut grass to newspapers, nitrogen-rich material and other organic material. Top it off with hay and let nature do its part in making your soil healthier.
What are the benefits of sheet mulching?
During winter time, nobody wants to spend as much time outdoors. In the meantime, winter gives you the perfect time to prepare your soil for spring planting without worrying that it’ll get trampled underfoot. Since sheet mulching is primarily composed of layering, it is considerably easier than tilling the soil. Aside from that, you’ll also be able to bring nutrients back to the soil while avoiding using chemical products that may harm your little ones and pets.
Another important benefit you get from sheet mulching is that it protects your soil from the extreme harsh weather conditions. You’ll also avoid getting a soggy and flooded lawn since mulched soil retains more water than ordinary non-mulched soil.
So this coming winter, if you’re not planning anything yet for your lawn, why not do sheet mulching and turn it into a garden? It’s an environmentally-safe way to keep your soil healthy and put nutrients back into it.