I live in SC close to the waterway. My land is flat and nearly at sea level. The house is raised 30" above the surrounding land.. Any amount of planting in my first year left stunted plants, as the surrounding soil is pure sand.
I created multiple 3' high raised beds 16'x6'x3' around the house and filled them with a variety of mulch types. The first was 100% fall leaves added each week and compressed till solid..
The second 100% wood chip mulch (free, delivered from most tree loppers) The third got the results of raw kitchen waste compost, mainly green leaf and coffee grounds.
Three years has passed and each of the raised beds have been topped up as required.
I have continued to add 1' - 2' deep wood chip mulch garden beds elsewhere around the property as low berms to direct floodwater, add soil and grow plants..
All garden beds are healthy and support growth based entirely on sunlight needs as though garden soil was used.
Now my low lying 1/3 acre property has received 24 x 20 cu yards free fresh wood chip mulch, and is thriving, after a slow first year and obviously has a higher, less flood prone level.
I based the concept on the natural forest floor approach, and cannot understand why people pay a fortune to landscapers and nurseries to achieve chemical laden results.
- Beau -