On Sat, 21 May 2011 08:17:42 -0700 (PDT), Ted Shoemaker
The answer may be in choosing the best mulch or there could be another
way of doing what you want. If you told us the situation it would be
easier to say. In general the best mulch is the one you can source
locally and cheaply.
Okay, here's the longer story.
I want to plant some mixed wildflowers. There used to be lawn grass
in that location. I poisoned the grass, much to the outrage of some
people on this group. The poison couldn't have been all that bad --
the grass was green until I roto-tilled it today. It's been 30 days
since I poisoned the grass, and the bottle says to wait 7 days.
I live in zone 6B; the soil has lots of clay.
If you want more details, please ask.
Thank you for all advice.
I prefer compost over mulch for flower beds. Wood mulch and playground
mulch takes a long time to decompose and weed and grass will grow up
between the chips making it much harder to remove weeds. A thick later of
compost every so often will keep smothering grass and is easier to remove
weeds. Weeding with a D-Hoe or also called a stirrup hoe is a nice tool for
weeding. No need get on your knees and pull weeds out. Also no need to
remove cut weeds they will decompose and just keep cutting the weeds with
the hoe every so often.
If you are going to plant your wildflowers in a compacted way. Weeds and
grass will have a harder time to get through and may not need anything
If you are an enemy of the Earth. One can poison the Earth with Preen for
flowers beds that keeps grass and some weeds out. But that will make you an
evil person. Just be thankful the world did not come to an end today :)
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
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