Straw for mulch?
I am considering using straw for mulch and just wondering if any of you with a similar set up as I have, have ever used this? As most of you know, I have rows, 8 of them, plus 3 new ones that currently have fall rye growing on them, that are about 4-5 feet wide, and about 150 ft long. Some longer. I leave grass pathways in-between that I mow. My problem is sheep sorrel and other weeds that creep into the sides of the rows, and since it's just me doing all of this, it's very hard to keep up with. I am getting straw to put down on my crocosmia to help overwinter it, and thought about putting straw down the sides of the rows after their weeded to help cut down on labor in the spring. This is only the perennial rows I'm talking about, of course, but then might use it on the annual rows next year after they're planted. I know it makes the soil nice when you till in straw, and it breaks down well. I would prefer this, if it affectively keeps the weeds out, over putting plastic down and having to take that back up. I realize, too late, that landscape fabric would have been the route to take with the perennials. Thanks for any suggestions.