[nafex] Re: Peach query...

KJJSiebert at aol.com KJJSiebert at aol.com
Tue May 29 11:40:05 EDT 2001

I lay cardboard over the sod; if I can find enough I just flatten the boxes 
so that there is a double layer. (This takes about 3 times as much cardboard 
as you think it will when you are collecting it.) The cardboard helps kill 
the grass and then it disintegrates so you don't have plastic to deal with 
later. If you mulch with hardwood sawdust you will be increasing the humus 
content of the soil, but it needs to be renewed more often than bark. If your 
soil is poor and you are using sawdust to help improve it you should add some 
form of nitrogen to speed up the decomposition. 

I am using this method now for a patch of blueberries that I just 
transplanted to our new house. I transplanted them into an area of canary 
grass that was almost 5 feet high. It will be interesting to see how 
effective it is on the canary grass.

<< Gianni, all I can say about this is why lift the sod? seems to me the 
is to kill the sod, which can be done with dark breatheable mulch, whether 
its landscape cloth covered with rocks or chips, used carpet, or the 
commercial tree mulch with tiny water holes. I take my weed whip and cut 
right down to dirt, then lay my ground cover, and have had good success in a 
month or two. Mn. Del >>


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