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I started a small back 2 eden garden two years ago. My main reason was to do less weeding. It worked great.very little weeding and results were good. But in year 2, weeds were a big problem. Much worse. My question that i cant seem to find an answer to is: does mulch need to be reapplied to the same area each year? Im guessing the mulch breaks down and thats the reason weeds were a worse problem in year 2. uowever i really dont see anywhere online where it says to reapply mulch each year. Just wondering what the norm is on this.
 
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For the first years you will have to keep applying mulch.  After a few years, you will still get some weeds but the soil is so much better, you can just pull a rake across and the weeds come right out.  Paul does go into this in the video.  If you haven't seen the whole thing, I highly recommend it.
 
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Abby Aylr wrote:I started a small back 2 eden garden two years ago. My main reason was to do less weeding. It worked great.very little weeding and results were good. But in year 2, weeds were a big problem. Much worse. My question that i cant seem to find an answer to is: does mulch need to be reapplied to the same area each year? Im guessing the mulch breaks down and thats the reason weeds were a worse problem in year 2. uowever i really dont see anywhere online where it says to reapply mulch each year. Just wondering what the norm is on this.



Yeah Paul says that he was surprised that the first  years he was finding the soil to be very hungry and
the mulch was disappearing rapidly and had to reapply.After many years of application he found that he doesnt need mow
to apply for years.
 
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Yes, you'll need to continue to add mulch as the soil microbes will continue to eat all that wonderful carbon on the surface.  And as said above, as the soil gets more and more healthy, the mulch will break-down that much quicker.  Once those chips become fungal dominated (the goal), you'll need to add at least 4 to 6 inches of new chips every year.

Where are the weed seeds coming from?  They must be blowing in from somewhere.  If you can attend to those weeds and minimize the number of seeds you are dealing with, that will choke off the problem before it sprouts in your garden.  But the good thing in a wood-chip intensive mulching system is that weeks easily pull up from the loose soil.  If they are old seeds, they'll eventually all sprout and you won't have to deal with them anymore.
 
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