[NAFEX] Weed prevention idea

Hector Black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Tue Feb 17 18:19:02 EST 2009

We've had a problem with cardboard.  Skunks turn it over looking for worms. 
(earthworms love cardboard for some reason).  We had to fence the garden to 
keep them out - they made an awful mess rooting up plants and covering them 
up with the cardboard.  Newspaper is safer.  Never had a problem with that. 
I've read and will try this year, that wet newspaper can be shaped around 
plants when they are set out in the spring keeping down weeds right around 
the trunk.

hector black zone 6 middle tn.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Weed prevention idea

> On Feb 17, 2009, at 12:10 PM, Harrick, Barbara wrote:
>> On a small, home gardening scale, newspaper works great too.  I lay
>> out
>> several inches of newspaper, cover with mulch. Depending on where it
>> is
>> in the yard, I sometimes will cover the newspaper with the black
>> fabric
>> and then mulch. I don't enjoy weeding much.
>> Barbara
> Based on a suggestion from this mailing list, I use 4 layers of
> newspaper under mulch.  Works great, but has to be replaced every few
> years.
> Ginda
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