Yesterday I had to dig some holes and realized once more how easy it is to remove the 10 cm layer of rhizomes. ( in Switzerland I have to deal with heavy clay which is only workable 1-2 days after heavy rain plus rhizomes Mr. Bindweed).
Thekla mentioned that it might be better not to remove the weed layer as its stabilizing the ground. ( also I saw yesterday that only the first 10 cm of sand contain humus)
Its clear, that when you remove all vegetation and dont cover the sand you will be left with a sand desert.
I could get quite soon a load of pine sawdust and I am still considering how to prepair the ground where its being unloaded and spread.
As it is pretty easy to remove the weeds, I am still considering to do that bevore sheet mulching. I would like to avoid having certain weeds like dollarweed and grases covering all the mulched area when I come back next year.
What do you think about that? Will the already existing trees be OK with that?
I will also look for a source for manure, but dont now if you can easily get big amounts, as cows and horses here usualy have lots of countryside to range.
As it is so easy to dig here and as I have a lot of wood, I could bury it in the sand bevore adding sheet mulch.( I am considering that for the north east slope area as well as to raise the lowest area which is moist throughout most of the year)
What do you think, could swales be created on the north east slope by burying wood, and would that make sense?
( eventhough sand, and maybe because of the finer dustier upper layer, I also observe water running off on the surface).