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Old 06-07-2003, 08:56 AM
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Weed mat vs Newspaper

As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.

What do you think are the pros and cons of each?

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Old 06-07-2003, 10:20 AM
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I've used both over the years, both seem to work but the newspapers you
have to ensure that you get a good over lap of papers so that you don't
leave any gaps for the dreeded weeds to grow back through.

Gen wrote:
Weed mat vs Newspaper

As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.

What do you think are the pros and cons of each?


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Old 08-07-2003, 01:08 AM
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Weed mat won't rot!

"Paul Smart" wrote in message
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I've used both over the years, both seem to work but the newspapers you
have to ensure that you get a good over lap of papers so that you don't
leave any gaps for the dreeded weeds to grow back through.

Gen wrote:
Weed mat vs Newspaper

As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.

What do you think are the pros and cons of each?




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Old 08-07-2003, 02:33 AM
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Gen wrote:
:: Weed mat vs Newspaper
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:: As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
:: bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
:: ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.
::
:: What do you think are the pros and cons of each?

Weed mat over newspaper, but I wouldn't use either. The ground wouldn't
breathe very well with newspaper. I'd just put 6" of loose mulch over the
top.

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Old 08-07-2003, 01:08 PM
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Weed mat vs Newspaper

As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.

What do you think are the pros and cons of each?


Weed Mat.
Good. Seems to work ok, but some weeds will still get through it, i.e Nut
grass can.
Bad. Can cause the soil to overheat in summer and possibly damage roots.

Newspaper.
Good. It breaks down. Seems to work well if put on thick.
Bad. Breaking down means it needs re-doing more often. Water may not get
through as well.

I would use the newspaper cos it's free. Neither work 100%. With the weed
mat and gravel on top eventually weed seeds wil;l get in the gravel and
start germinating, so it has to be pulled up and relayed.
Best control would we weed control by hand or spraying and trying to get rid
of any other weeds that may be around.
Good luck


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Old 08-07-2003, 03:08 PM
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And Termites won't eat weed mat. They love newspaper or any other form of
cellulose.

"Litl Fish" wrote in message
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Weed mat won't rot!

"Paul Smart" wrote in message
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I've used both over the years, both seem to work but the newspapers you
have to ensure that you get a good over lap of papers so that you don't
leave any gaps for the dreeded weeds to grow back through.

Gen wrote:
Weed mat vs Newspaper

As I was removing the large gravel covering the weed mat in a garden
bed today I mused on the comparative merits of both in the never
ending bid to cover the soil to reduce weeds.

What do you think are the pros and cons of each?






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Old 21-07-2003, 05:17 PM
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Today I noticed nut grass poking through in 2 places.

Makes me wonder why I bothered!!!!


Keep painting the green bits with concentrated Roundup or equivalant
competitors glyphosphate product. Takes a couple of seasons to control a bad
run, but you can do it.

Hope this helps,
Peter


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Today I noticed nut grass poking through in 2 places.

Makes me wonder why I bothered!!!!


Keep painting the green bits with concentrated Roundup or equivalant
competitors glyphosphate product. Takes a couple of seasons to control a bad
run, but you can do it.

Hope this helps,
Peter




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Old 21-07-2003, 05:33 PM
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Today I noticed nut grass poking through in 2 places.

Makes me wonder why I bothered!!!!


Keep painting the green bits with concentrated Roundup or equivalant
competitors glyphosphate product. Takes a couple of seasons to control a bad
run, but you can do it.

Hope this helps,
Peter




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