Weed Control
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weeds from straw

Zone 37888 | linda goforth added on June 11, 2018 | Answered

You I have big veg, herb, flower garden and every yr i put straw on it for keeping weeds down and mosture control. i have almost no weeds and my soil is beautiful-this year the straw is nothing but seeds and my garden is a mess. What is the best way to deal with this? i have been pulling and turning over and making piles of it around the garden... please help, thanks Linda

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 11, 2018

I would recommend using boiling water before you plant, to make sure that anything in the straw is dead. This will help keep weeds out. I could also recommend solarizing the straw through the winter, so that it is ready and weed free in spring.

This article will help you to learn to solarize plots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm

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