By Bonnie L. Grant Sod layering is also known as lasagna gardening. And no, lasagna is not just a culinary specialty, though building a lasagna compost garden is the same process as creating lasagna. When you use good, healthy ingredients for lasagna, the finished product is fabulous. The same is true for lasagna composting. You can use the same basic method to start a rich compost pile or to naturally decompose sod, prepare a seed bed or build a berm. Lasagna Compost Garden The simplest way to take advantage of the debris in your landscape is to compost it. Basic compost rules require nitrogen and carbon as the basis of the organic materials. When aerobic bacteria and generous amounts of worms get to work on these materials, they turn it into a nutrient rich source of soil for the garden. Therefore, the easiest use of lasagna composting is in the compost pile. Lasagna composting is easy. Simply layer the two types of material on top of each other in an area that will receive sun to warm the pile. Spread some soil in between each layer to hold moisture and add the basic bacteria and organisms that will get to work turning the material into usable compost. Keep the pile moderately moist and turn it frequently to mix in the beneficial organisms and hasten the breakdown of the material. What is Sod Layering? Advertisement Sod layering, like lasagna composting, is an easy way to break down grass and turn the area into a planting bed. Composting with sod layers will provide a nutrient rich soil space, but it does take some time. Plan how to layer sod at least five months prior to when you want to plant the area. Have on hand sources of both carbon and nitrogen (browns and greens) to spur the decomposition process. Leaves and straw or hay will work for compost and grass clippings or kitchen scraps can provide the nitrogen. How to Layer Sod Learning how to layer sod in the lasagna compost pile is simple. Turn the sod over and then spread a layer of wet newspaper over that. Put in fine nitrogen organic matter, such as leaves topped with soil or compost. Coat the surface of the area with more soil, then add carbon rich material. The newspaper will prevent the grass from growing back up through the soil. You can also use saturated cardboard, but make sure you remove any tape and do not use the waxed kind, as it will take too long to break down. The layers of material will help break down the sod and turn it into usable soil. Each layer needs to be about an inch or so thick with a total height of 18 inches or more. Composting with sod layers is not hard and you can layer in any order as long as the first layer is newspaper or cardboard and the last layer is carbon. If you want the process to go faster, weight a sheet of black plastic over the pile to keep the heat in. Check it frequently to make sure the pile is lightly moist. In five to six months, turn the soil and till it for planting. Print This Article This article was last updated on 12/23/15 Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends! 4 1 57 4 2366 Related Articles Creating And Using Berms In The LandscapeLasagna Gardening – Creating A Garden With LayersComposting Cardboard: Information On Types Of Cardboard To Compost Safely Additional Help & Information Didn’t find the answer to your question? Ask one of our friendly gardening experts. Do you know anything about gardening? Help answer someone’s gardening question. Read more articles about Composting Basics. Search for more information Use the search box below to find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: READ RELATED ARTICLES Creating And Using Berms In The Landscape Lasagna Gardening – Creating A Garden With Layers Composting Cardboard: Information On Types Of Cardboard To Compost Safely NEWEST ARTICLES Identifying Soldier Beetles: Finding Soldier Beetle Larvae In Gardens Blueberry Bud Mite Damage – How To Control Blueberry Bud Mites Palm Tree Dropping Fronds: Can You Save A Palm Tree Without Fronds What Is A Plectranthus Plant – Tips On Growing Spurflower Plants How Often To Water Anthuriums – Helpful Anthurium Watering Instructions LEARN MORE ABOUT… Siberian Iris Care: Information On
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