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Success using sheet mulch to snuff out thistles!

 
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Hey guys I thought I would share a bit of a success story on out battle to combat Canadian Thistle in our yard, and convert that lawn-ish area into productive growing beds.  I shot a couple short videos here along with a little write up:

http://traditionalcatholichomestead.com/2016/08/06/sheet-mulching-our-front-yard/

Our big takeaway is that you really have to snuff the energy out of those thistles for this to work.  Diligent daily weeding for a couple months eventually seems to wear them out, because they will push their way through multiple layers of cardboard and a foot of mulchy composty material.  On our next section we're trying a heavy tarp to irradiate them for a several months then sheet mulch this fall.  Overall the project is a success, but I want even less work so we're trying the tarp thing.
Here's the first video I shot...

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