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Get Ready for Planting with this Garden Hack

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2-4 hours


Try this garden hack and plan a new garden today ll The Home Depot Garden Club

If you’re planning a new garden bed, try this garden hack: sheet mulching. By spring, your new garden bed will weed-free and ready for planting. 

With this garden hack, you’ll save time and money. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle materials while creating a natural weed barrier in your garden. It’s all organic and there’s no need to spray or pull up anything. The sheet mulching method helps set up your garden for success whether you’re starting from scratch or working with an existing large-scale landscape. 

Begin the project when weather permits. You’ll be happy you did.

Use this garden hack to prep your garden ll The Home Depot Garden Club

Try This garden hack and be ready for planting in 3 steps:

  1. Get started with a few simple materials: newspaper and/or cardboard. Just spread several layers of newspaper sheets and/or corrugated cardboard in your garden for your natural weed barrier. Cardboard boxes work well for this, too. Be sure to overlap each piece. Use old pavers or bricks to hold the cardboard and newspaper down while you cover the entire area.
  2. Wet the area thoroughly with a garden hose. For larger areas, consider using a sprinkler. Be sure to thoroughly drench the cardboard and/or newspaper sheets. 
  3. Layer organic compost, leaves, pine needles, untreated grass clippings and hay on top of your cardboard and/or newspaper. If you only use compost, that works, too. Use a bow rake to level off the new garden bed. Just be sure it’s a thick layer of about four to six inches of organic material and use compost on the top. Plants will love this natural barrier and earthworms dig it, too. 

Prep for spring planting with this garden hack ll The Home Depot Garden Club

Let your new garden bed rest undisturbed for at least four weeks before planting. When it’s time to plant, you’ll have a blank slate to work with and your garden will be fresh and ready for planting. 

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