new wedelia bed
so last week i decided it was time to clean up around my Fan-Tex Ash. The water basin had been overrun with grass from last season. I figured it was a good time to experiment with the newspaper mulch technique. So i dug up as much of the grass as I could, turned over the dirt, laid down a few layers of newspaper, and then topped it with a planting mix/mulch combo. Afterwards, I planted 20-something Wedelia cuttings in hopes that they would take over the bed and help keep the grass out. If this works for me, I plan to do the same thing in the front yard around my two Mulberry trees, though the next beds will be much larger and won't be a perfect circle shape (I just wanted that look this time). I didn't add near as many newspaper layers as suggested, only about 2-3 layers. I just want the newspaper to keep the grass down long enough for the wedelia to spread, but I want the wedelia to be able to get it's roots into the soil below as well, and I still need water to get down to the tree's feeder roots. Here's some photos of the progress:
Today I have 8 wedelia cuttings that have taken root and are showing new growth. Hopefully it will only be a few weeks before they begin to spread. The newspaper didn't do great, I already have lots of little grass sprouts showing through. Maybe it was because I didn't layer enough, or maybe the newspaper got damaged when I was spreading the mulch mix. I'm not sure.
So for those of you with much more experience than I, how did I do? What could I do better next time? What would you have done differently?