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Fall is a great time to start a new garden area for spring - without having to dig up the grass

By purpleinopp
October 28, 2021

All you need are a few basic items, most of which you may be able to gather for free, like some discarded cardboard boxes, some mulch and/or other organic matter, and an hour or two of your time. Adding the border of your choice is optional.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 30, 2021 6:28 AM CST
Nice illustrations and great info and tips!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
(Zone 6b)
LyraLu
Nov 21, 2021 9:42 AM CST
I agree! Just yesterday the great big gingko tree next door dropped all of its leaves (in 3 hours) as it does every year. We call it gingko snow day. I scooped the leaves that fell in my driveway and piled them over thick cardboard in a new bed spot. I'm trying to build up a bed here because it's over tree roots that are so near the surface the grass mower nicked them. Anyway, gingko leaves are very flat and leathery which makes them heavy and perfect for smothering grass or weeds. I highly recommend them for this purpose, but not as a natural mulch in places where you either expect self-sown sprouts or more delicate perennial shoots in spring. I don't plan to plant in the new spot next season unless I sow some annual wildflower seeds because the leaves won't be fully broken down.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Nov 21, 2021 11:03 AM CST
Wow! That's beautiful! My mom says her mulberry tree does the same thing.
Vickie
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purpleinopp
Nov 22, 2021 7:59 AM CST
Vickie, thank you very much! I just realized your comment was here.

LyraLou, that's really pretty! What a great gift from mother nature!
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Name: Kathy
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Kathy547
Nov 26, 2021 7:47 AM CST
To help break down faster, you could run over them with a mower or dump some in a trash can & use a weed Eater to chop them up. Then put them down on the cardboard. I think that's what I'm going to do with the magnolia leaves we have.
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