[NAFEX] mulch (was gypsum)

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Thu Apr 28 19:04:18 EDT 2005

 --- On Tue 04/19, Thomas Olenio < tolenio at sentex.net > wrote:

From: Thomas Olenio [mailto: tolenio at sentex.net]To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.orgDate: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 15:30:57 -0400Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulch (was gypsum)
Using carpet for mulch sounded like such a great idea, that I picked up a pile of the 
from curbside one year, cut it into strips, and had terrific weed-free rows comfy to walk on.  However, by fall, the jute had been destroyed by moisture and composting action of the soil, leaving me with long shreds of nylon yarn buried in the soil.  It took three years to hand pick this stuff out of the garden, and
II am still finding clots of it.  It works for some people, but be aware it needs to be removed as soon as it starts to fall apart.  And the quack grass grows right through it.Hi,This being spring, and spring clean-ups happenening everywhere...Do not forget that used jute backed, carpet makes a great weed block. You can collect acres of it curbside this time of year.Cut the carpet in 3' round circles or squares, put a slice in it to the center point, and you have a mulch mat.Put the jute side facing up and slide around tree. Blocks weeds, rain goes through it, it holds moisture in the ground, and can be removed easily in the fall. Best of all it is FREE.I would not spend my money on expensive weed mats, when they are all around us for free. Invest in fruit, not mulch mats. Recycle, reduce, re-use.Later,TomOn Tue, 19 Apr 2005 11:12:03 -0700, Stephen Sadler wrote:> There are some nice round ready-fit mats, and if you used one, the tree> should be able to get the benefit of fertilizer spread around, not over, > the> mat, provided the roots have any sort of spread.>> You could use any mulch you find attractive; my sister favors wood chips,> which she gets for free from arborists. I wouldn't use straw for the > reason> you mentioned. You could apply manure tea or organic liquid fertilizer> which would travel through the mulch into the soil. Even fertilizer that> gets caught in the mulch will dissolve down as you water.>> I don't like just killing the weeds around trees, as it's less attractive> than mulch, but there are organically approved weedkilling sprays, which > are> at least as effective as Roundup - some test better.>> My choice of the moment is to use mats and apply fertilizers between the> mats and foliar feed directly to the trees.>> Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.> USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,> Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate>> -----Original Message-----> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Del Stubbs> Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 5:19 AM> To: North American Fruit Explorers> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulch (was gypsum)>> Lucky, that is bizarre, they must have gotten gypsum mined near a > uranium> deposit. I am> dropping the sheetrock idea because I dont need it fauling up > certification> in the> future. Thanks for all the useful commentary folks. However, half the> reason I> considered it was as a sod smothering mulch. Since I won't use easy> solutions like> roundup to kill back grass around young trees, and I have too many to > weed> whip up to the> trunk every couple weeks, mulch has been a real study - that I am not> satisfied with yet.> If I use mats (ie, cardboard, carpet, perforated mats, etc. ) then rotted> manure I apply> is seperated from the root circle. If I use staw it soon builds up to a> mound that will> build too deep around the trunk. What do other non-roundupers do?> Thanks, Del, n MN Z 2/3>> --- Lucky Pittman wrote:>>> _______________________________________________> nafex mailing list> nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>> **YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO POST!**> All other messages are discarded.> No exceptions.> ----> To subscribe or unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page (also can be > used to change other email options):> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/nafex>> File attachments are NOT stripped by this list> TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES!> Please do not send binary files.> Use plain text ONLY in emails!>> Message archives are here:> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/nafex>> NAFEX web site: http://www.nafex.org/>>>-- ============-- Internal Virus Database is out-of-date.Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.Version: 7.0.300 / Virus Database: 266.9.7 - Release Date: 04/12/2005_______________________________________________nafex mailing list nafex at lists.ibiblio.org**YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO POST!**All ot
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