That's the great thing about mulching with hay or straw (sawdust and raw sawmill wood chips too in come cases). It starts by shading out grass and weeds and killing them (especially if you start out with that underlying layer of cardboard or newspaper). Then it breaks down into rich organic matter that acts as a topsoil builder. The topsoil on our place was largely removed by being bulldozed to the bottom of the ravine about 16 or 17 years ago (before we bought the place).
I know you all love pictures so here goes!
|A new strawberry bed in an area I mulched for weed control several weeks ago.|
|My keyhole garden full of cherry tomatoes, marigolds, and volunteer squash plants.|
|The recently mulched grape arbor . . .|
|with newly planted asparagus seedlings.|
|The garden itself, being overtaken by a particularly prolific squash plant!|
|Red clover has anti cancer properties among other benefits http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-red-clover.html|
|Plantain seeds can lower LDL cholesterol and heal infections, http://www.appliedhealth.com/med-scope/plantain-weed.html|
|And Mullein http://www.kingdomplantae.net/commonMullein.php|
|Whose leaves contain rotenone (an organic insecticide)|
|and the flowers are a bactericide, particularly good for earaches|