Below are photos of our sheet mulching project on Carlson Blvd, Richmond Annex!
Located between San Pablo Avenue/El Cerrito to the east, Carlson Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through what is referred to as the the annex, connecting downtown Richmond with downtown El Cerrito.
Some sheet mulching basics if you want to try yourself:
It is great for very weedy areas. Sheet mulching helps soil hold moisture and does not require digging the soil.
Trim any plants close to the ground. If your soil is heavily compacted, poke holes every foot or so to a depth of 6-12 inches.
Soak the area well with a garden hose.
Add a layer of grass clippings, manure or compost just to about 1 inch.
Add sheet mulching – this can be a layer of newspaper or corrugated cardboard overlapping sheets by a minimum of 6 inches. Layers ensure that weeds or grass will not grow through.
Next, add a 1 inch layer of green materials; straw, leaves, tiny branches and soak thoroughly. Adding another layer of compost will ensure you are introducing enough beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microbes into the sheet mulch. These beneficial bacteria are what will restore the health of your soil.
A note about the materials we used – corrugated cardboard.