Sheet mulch with cardboard: a four act play

Act One:

First, with cunning and determination, go get some cardboard


Act Two:

Do some weeding;

sm3.jpg sm4.jpg then grant the weeds as feed to your chickens  sm5.jpg (they love oxalis!)

Act Three:

Lay cardboard over bare soil with drip irrigation over the cardboard;

sm7.jpg then lay down fine mulch  sm2.jpg

Act Four:

Create a truth window so you—and everyone else—know there really is cardboard under all that mulch.

Rejoice, for this small act not only keeps weeds down for a season, but after a couple of seasons you’ll have weed control without pesticides. Peace returns to your fair land.


  • One thing to keep in mind with sheet-mulching, is that it can be eoologically unfriendly in areas where curbside recycling is available.

    This year, I began to search for facts on cardboard and paper recycle, when a thought came to mind about what happens when cardboard is removed from the recycling pool of resources.

    Quite a surprise. Increased energy use, oil consumption and pollutiong due to making new product. Plus more trees cut down.

    Apparently in areas where recycling is not readily available, then using the cardboard in gardens can be the better alternative.

    MDV / Oregon

  • Jennie says:

    I had a question about using cardboard as weed barrier. Is there anything in the cardboard that we need to be concerned about that might leach out into the soil? It seems that a lot of cardboard now comes printed with industrial inks, and I’m not sure what processes are used to recycle or create the cardboard. Thanks, Jennie

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