Re: [fukuoka_farming] plastic mulch
- Shivani, I haven't been able to put any organic gardening principles
into practice yet, but I have been doing a great deal of reading. This
is what I've read continuously regarding using plastic- it does indeed
kill weeds and any other unwanted vegetation, but it also kills soil
and any beneficial bugs in it. Most of the sources I've been reading
suggest using cardboard or newspaper (not the slick colored sections)
covered with natural mulch (leaves, bark, wood chips, whatever)
instead of plastic. The paper and cardboard can do the same job as the
plastic but they'll break down and along with the mulch will actually
help feed the soil instead of kill it.
Hope that helps!
----- Original Message -----
From: sarjuna@... <sarjuna@...>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 12:56:12 EDT
Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] plastic mulch
What happens when people use plastic weed barrier mulch in their yards,
with holes just where they plant shrubs, flowers, etc.? Does the presence of
the plastic pretty much heat up the soil and kill things, only a bit less as
there are some holes? My neighbor has long decorative beds around his house
with just a few plants and bushes, and he uses this plastic so he doesn't have
to weed. Has broken red stone on top of it. How will this affect the
health of the bushes, etc. he plants in those areas?
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