How to stop weeds under your vegetables
If you want to grow your own vegetables, it is essential to have a well-thought out weed control strategy.
But how do you control those annoying weeds without killing off your prominent produce?
Weed control fabric is a popular, controlled choice amongst gardeners and vegetable growers.
The fabric prevents weeds from forming under your vegetables without damaging them, while allowing water and nutrients to still be adsorbed.
The main problem with weed control methods such like herbicides is that they kill plants.
But with vegetables, contamination is a much more important issue because do not want harmful chemicals in their meals.
Installing your weed control membrane
Step 1: Remove all existing weeds from the area where you wish to plant.
Step 2: Remove sharp objects that could penetrate the fabric and allow weeds to come through (glass, roots or nails)
Step 3: Unroll your new weed control membrane on the area of planting.
Step 4: Ensure that the edges overlap each other so weeds will not find their way through.
Step 5: Cover the fabric with new fresh soil.
It is important to not that you do not use too many additional layers of the membrane. Even though it is a safer method than herbicides, it can still have an unnatural effect on the soil below.
The fabric will work for up to three years but it is recommended that you renew it prior to this period for best results.
Got fabric left over? Use it under decking, driveways, pavements and patios to eradicate those weeds for good, leaving a scene worth enjoying.
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