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Can you supress everything organically?

Posted by charge (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 18, 10 at 19:20

Im wondering if anyone can help us find a way to supress anything and everything in an area we have in our yard? We have an area set asside for use as a small racetrack for our kids and thier radio controlled trucks. We would like to stay away from any spraying of products because our kids all play and hang out on this part of the yard. I started thinking it might just be good to tarp the ground in that area and just remove when we want to use the track. Will this kill whats there AND prevent weeds to grow in the future if we keep it covered? Would this be the best Organic way to accomplish our goals? Is there anything else we could or should consider? Thanks for any help passed on.


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RE: Can you supress everything organically?

If you want to poison the soil with a safe product, get some 20 Mule Team Borax laundry detergent and start shaking it out. Nothing will ever grow again. Plants need a little boron to exist but if you get just a little too much, BAM! It's all over.

The tarp might work. Use the silvered ones as they block more of the light than any of the others.

What I would do is cover it with deep mulch? Mulches do not completely prevent growth but they do make it very easy to pull weeds. The roots cannot get a good grip in the loose mulch. And the kids can play on top of the mulch. Our local playgrounds are covered in mulch.

RE: Can you supress everything organically?

No, you cannot suppress evverything organically. A tarp over the area may create more problems then it would cure because that tarp would tend to keep the soil wetter than soil exposed to sunlight. Mulches might offer some help although on the track they would hinder the cars more than help. Boric acid might help control some plants but it has no affect on others and needs to be applied in amounts that can be toxic to humans.
My kids, many years ago, simply removed any new "weeds" that grew in that race track each time they went out, and more often than not changed the race course.

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