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Lawn to Meadow Step 2- Pulling Out Landscape Fabric

Step 2 of my Lawn to Meadow project is the step that didn’t happen. In Step 1, I moved all the mulch from the future meadow area onto garden beds in my side yard. I did this so that I could plant wildflower seeds on top of the plain ol’ dirt. When I removed the top layer of mulch, I found a thick layer of rich, black soil where the mulch had decomposed and turned itself into good dirt. Under that thick layer of soil was landscape fabric, and for Step 2 I planned to rip it all up. I went out in my yard with a box cutter and a metal rake, ready to do battle with the landscape fabric. I lost that battle.

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When I tried to pull it up, the fabric was disintegrating in my hands in some places, but the biggest issue is that it was covered in 2 or 3 inches of good dirt. Tiny roots had woven themselves into the fabric and there was no way I could move enough of the dirt to pull the fabric up easily. It would have taken days and hours of labor. The decomposed mulch and the fabric were intertwined, so I decided to leave it to decay on its own eventually,  as it was already starting to do (it’s been there for years), and work with the 2 or 3 inches of good soil on top of it.

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My wildflower research has taught me that wildflowers are tough little buggers that don’t need rich soil. There’s no need to add compost or nutrients to a wildflower bed. I removed the mulch that would have smothered the tiny wildflower seeds, and now I have dirt to plant them on. I found a very helpful video about how to plant wildflower seeds in an area so that they’re spread evenly.

My third step will be ordering my seeds…

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