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.