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Solarizing in drought?

Posted by anntn6b z6b TN (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 13, 07 at 14:20

Not that a whole lot of weeds are sprouting, but is there any rush to put black plastic down to supress weeds in a couple of areas where I hope to garden next year?
With almost no soil moisture, would I be doing more harm?

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RE: Solarizing in drought?

I'm not a big fan of solarizing anyway. As Brandon has recently pointed out elsewhere, solarizing sterilizes the soil -- and that includes killing off all the GOOD bugs that are in there. Try smothering with some lasagna/mulch layers instead (thick newspaper plus mulch or something similar), to eliminate some of the weeds without killing off the good guys.

RE: Solarizing in drought?

This is for an area with a serious Crown Gall problem and I do expect to have to re-established the good guys in this area, but A. tumefaciens is here and it was a long time tobacco plot.

RE: Solarizing in drought?

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 14, 07 at 10:09

In that case, why don't you irrigate the area (if possible) before putting down the plastic. If the area isn't around a water source, just wait until the next rain (or light sprinkle, as its been lately). That might make it more effective.

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