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Old 10-04-2004, 05:02 AM
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Default weird plastic sheeting

G'day freebird,
Black plastic was all the rage back in the 60's and 70's
as a weed treatment in the days before glyphosate. It was a bit of a
landscaping fad like cocos palms. As you noticed, it destroys soil ecology
and should be lifted. However don't be surprised to find the garden has
large infestations of oxalis or onion weed that will keep you busy for a
while. Allow some time for problem weeds to show themselves before new
planting's, and this will also allow the soil to become reactivated into a
healthy growing medium. Also be a bit careful when lifting the plastic, as
on the several times I have performed this service, I often found colonies
of funnel webs underneath.