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CREATING NEW GARDEN AREAS

There are two choices: Sheet Mulching or Removing Turf (by hand or with a sod cutter).

Sheet Mulching Steps: (best done the previous season, but can be planted immediately by cutting through the underlaying turf layer).

  1. Cut turf with a mower -as low as possible
  2. Cut around the edges of the garden area (3″ or 10cm) – and remove a narrow strip of sod (approx. 3″ or 10cm). If you’re garden is going to be next to a hard surface (ie. a sidewalk) – remove a couple inches of soil as well so that mulch doesn’t shift over to the walkway.
  3. Water the turf with a hose/sprinkler
  4. Lay the carboard or newspaper (carbon) – being sure to overlap the edged so no turf shows through. If you use boxes, be sure they are not waxed and if using newspapers, do not use shiny/glossy print materials.
  5. Water the cardboard-newspaper
  6. Add the mulch – (arborists are a great economical source for hardwood chips)
  7. Continue to add other organic material – fallen leaves, grass clippings

Removing Turf by Hand or Rental of a Sod Cutter This is quite do-able using the methods in the video above. If you have a large area such as a whole front yard, it’s best to rent a sod cutter. Once cleared of turn, just loosen the soil lightly. You may also choose to add some triple mix, purchased from a garden materials supplier.

WEEDS

PRUNING AND DEADHEADING

REMOVING AGGRESSIVE OR INVASIVE PLANTS:

DEALING WITH DEER, RABBITS AND OTHER CRITTERS

BEES, BUGS, PESTS AND DISEASE

Wasps

Japanese Beetles

Box Elder Bugs

Stink Bugs

The Good Bugs!

Aphids, Slugs and other Pests

Common Diseases of Plants