Today’s task at the Bournelyf Butterfly Garden location was to lay down heavy landscape fabric over the existing grass. Although this method does not achieve quick results, it is a simple, pesticide free way to eliminate grass from the area in which you want to locate your garden. Our team has allowed sufficient time for the fabric to do its job and still rototill the garden before camp starts.
With Master Gardener Craig Rybinski’s generous donation of the landscape fabric and the staple pins to secure it, our team of five quickly got to work. We laid the fabric out to cover as much of the garden space as possible. Then we used the staples to secure the fabric all around the outside edge of the garden. Thankfully the rain we had the past few days allowed us to get the staples into the ground without too much difficulty. We only had one small area that wasn’t covered in the first step. Once we trimmed the fabric to fit the shape of our garden border, we had enough fabric remaining to finish the job. The final step was to secure the the fabric throughout the garden’s surface, to insure that it remains in place.
Then we placed flags around the border of the garden to alert the folks who handle mowing duty for the property, put up our butterfly stake, and another step in our site prep has been completed!
Barb Rinehart, Gail Warner-Lidondici, Ann and Tom Bare plant the butterfly stake! Thanks also to Ron Lidondici for taking on the picture taking duty today.