[NAFEX] Weed preventative idea
arboretum at homeorchardsociety.org
Tue Feb 17 11:07:20 EST 2009
the best cardboard sources are usually retailers who receive large
auto body repair shops, fabric stores, piano shops (the biggest sheets
of cardboard ever!!!), appliance stores
cruise your town, talk to shop owners - you'll find some good places
if you keep your eyes open, especially if your municipality has
cardboard specific recycling dumpsters.
proper name for this kind of mulching: sheet mulching.
oregon city, OR - zone 8a and wet
On Feb 17, 2009, at 7:50 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> I sometimes wish NAFEX had a light-bulb symbol for bright, new
> ideas. I
> think Diane Porter just gave us one. She mentioned putting
> cardboard atop
> the soil, under the mulch. A 6" layer of mulch will prevent annual
> from growing but will do nothing to prevent perennial weeds from
> coming up;
> her cardboard should accomplish that task. Is it possible that the
> perennial weeds come up, can't penetrate the cardboard and eventually
> (within a season?) die and rot?
> I have always fallowed my soil for a season, spraying with Round
> Up, let
> it grow, till, spray again, repeat, etc. Next time I need to open new
> ground, I'll use Diane's method..................now where can I get
> Diane said, "We thought we'd get a truckload of composted cow manure
> spread thickly on the ground, then cover with cardboard, mulch
> heavily with
> straw, and plant the raspberries in holes cut though the cardboard."
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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