The front garden and soil erosion

When I was a child I learned of soil erosion on the prairies of America, so I was already vaguely aware of what wind could do when I read that 2015 had been dedicated year of the soils and that globally our soils are at grave risk. At the same time, it somehow seemed implausible that my own soil could be seriously at risk of erosion.

Then the high winds came…. I had assumed that because the manure on the cardboard to kill off the grass on the front lawn was wet it would stay put. But to my consternation it didn’t.

I don’t know how much I lost. It clearly moved, however, and I had to weigh down the now uncovered edges of the cardboard with bricks to stop the sodden edges from blowing away as well.

I’ve been out again today to continue putting down cardboard and manure to cover up the rest of the lawn. It’s not perfect but at least the majority of the lawn should be smothered. And I will add manure and/or compost as and when.


In the meantime, I hope there will be no more strong winds. I would like to be able to start planting in spring without having to add any toppings unnecessarily.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to The front garden and soil erosion

  1. Lovely post Helen i pray the cardboard stays down for you and i am sure you will be able to plant into it soon have a blessed week

  2. You really must have had some strong winds to move the dirt like that. It makes you realize how much damage it can do. What are you planning to grow in the new front bed? It is a good size bed. It will really dress up the front of your home and give it a lot of curb appeal.

    • Helen says:

      That was exactly my hope, Honey (curb-side appeal)! When I first came to view the house, even though I liked the inside, the front did not appeal at all.

      The front is north-facing, so I still have to think about what to put in it. I have however got some fuchsia cuttings which I might put along the outer edge. There will be some sun, which I hope will be enough for plants that don’t mind partial shade πŸ™‚

  3. Good luck with your project ..hope that cardboard stays in place πŸ™‚

  4. I’m worried about my sheet mulch, too but for different reasons: it’s not raining. I actually had to hose it down this past week so help the pile continue to decompose. Best of luck.

  5. sueturner31 says:

    Could be it’s just rotting down…or have you seen evidence of manure elsewhere on the front garden… πŸ™‚

    • Helen says:

      Neither – the manure no longer covered all the cardboard…. Thanks for your suggestions anyway. Alternative conclusions are always welcome πŸ™‚

  6. bridget says:

    Great way to make a new bed. I’ve made several like this and they have worked very well. Good luck for the year ahead.

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