How to keep mulch from blowing away?

michelle_co(z5 CO)May 30, 2014

I thought this would be an appropriate Rocky Mountain topic, as it's been especially windy this year.

I am getting ready to mulch an area that has been full of june grass and foxtails. I want to put down paper first, but sometimes I have trouble with it blowing away once it dries, and then it takes the mulch sideways with it. So I thought about putting down paper, then burlap to cover the paper, then mulch on top. Maybe the burlap will hold the paper and give the mulch something to hang onto?

Any thoughts or alternate ideas?

Also any thoughts as to which type of mulch will stay put best? I have not tried cedar, but am inclined to use either cedar or pine bark. Are any of the natural wood mulches any more fire resistant than other types??

Thx!
Michelle

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amester(Z4/5)

Cedar mats really well and is my favorite. That over the paper should work.
Just a thought - when we needed to obliterate the thistle/bindweed in my yard, we solarized using black plastic and rocks to hold the plastic down. I have *never* seen a trace of either weed in my yard since (well, except for a few thistle babies that come up along the fence line from the neighbors' yard!). This does sterilize the soil but if you wait a bit and work in some compost, leaf mold, etc. you'll be able to plant in it next season. We just used black plastic from Home Depot and weighed down the edges with rocks without burying them. We left it on all through July and August.
You may not need to go to that extreme but I am grateful every year as I de-bindweed my front yard that we nuked those suckers in the back! :)
http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/soil-solarization
http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/qa/solarizing-soil
Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 9:45AM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

Thanks, I think I'll pick up a load of cedar mulch today and see how that goes.

I carefully spot applied roundup on all of the bindweed in that bed this spring and it has now died off. I am not sure I can keep it that way - unfortunately there is field bindweed all around in the surrounding empty area next to the garden (neighbor's place). So it invades on a regular basis seeking moisture...

The thought of having bindweed eradicated for good would be a dream come true. :)

Thx,
Michelle

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 10:47AM
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