[NAFEX] straw mulch

Lisa Almarode lisaalmarode at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 24 14:58:52 EDT 2005


Around each tree, I removed the old mulch and loose
weeds, and put a layer of manure or compost, a layer 
of cardboard, then a layer of straw.  By the following

spring, the grass is starting to come through/grow in 
the cardboard and it needs to be redone.  The 
cardboard is pretty effective at grass supression - 
with thick straw alone, the following year it's 
reverted to pasture. 

The evil creeping grasses pop up around the trunk 
(inside the cardboard), but (in theory) the feeder 
roots are around the drip line and grass right next to

the trunk should be okay.

I've been trying to establish various clovers to 
compete with the grass, but the grass is winning.


Lisa in Ashland Oregon
USDA Z7 - Sunset Z7 - 1800' - 19" annual rainfall

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