[nafex] Re: Peach query...

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Tue May 29 16:25:50 EDT 2001


Two layers of newspaper covered with mulch works fine too, and is easier
to come by than cardboard.  It is also easier for water to penetrate and
get into the soil.

You just need to present a barrier to the weed seed that it cannot get
through or around.

Saves weeding the tomatos, and any other area.


Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Tue, 29 May 2001 KJJSiebert at aol.com wrote:

> 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.
> Kim
> << Gianni, all I can say about this is why lift the sod? seems to me the 
> point 
> 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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