Next I dumped 10 bags of cedar mulch. After raking it out, I dosed the spot with water from the hose. And it is my sincere hope that we never have to mow this patch of yard again!
The plan I hatched while reading issues of Birds & Blooms goes like this. Over the fall and winter the cardboard and mulch will break down, creating a lovely little flower bed. I skipped the addition of compost because amazing flowers in the curbside bed are not my goal, just a place where I can transplant a few hostas and maybe a day lily or two.
Next up will be the area in our lawn that is very hard to mow, and seems ideal to turn into a haven for feathered friends. Now that my cardboard supply is nearly exhausted, I think I'll opt for a layer of compost and then mulch. For this job I am going to order some, in bulk. And hopefully I can get them to dump it right in the yard. That means I'll simply have to rake it out.
And I have a big thank you to a dear longtime friend. She hung out with my kids while I completed this job. Since we live on a very busy street, 4 and 2 year old assistants were a bit too much for this frugal mama. They can help in the back yard, which is fenced.