Sheet Mulching

Sheet mulching is a gardening technique that mimics a natural forest's soil stratification. By using layers of cardboard, compost, mulch and vegetation, sheet mulching helps to create a healthy, low maintenance backyard ecosystem that requires less fertilizers and retains water. 

The first step is to grade the site, laying out and excavating for a path, and making sure to provide enough space around the edges for the additional compost and mulch.

The first step is to grade the site, laying out and excavating for a path, and making sure to provide enough space around the edges for the additional compost and mulch.

Rolls of cardboard are then laid out over the existing soil. This prevents weeds in the short term while the plants have time to establish.

Rolls of cardboard are then laid out over the existing soil. This prevents weeds in the short term while the plants have time to establish.

A layer of organic compost is then spread over the cardboard.

A layer of organic compost is then spread over the cardboard.

Drip Irrigation is installed and a thick layer of mulch is spread over the compost.

Drip Irrigation is installed and a thick layer of mulch is spread over the compost.

Finally the plants and stone path are installed.

Finally the plants and stone path are installed.

1 year after installation.

1 year after installation.