The Way to Use Black Vinyl as a Weed Killer

Garden beds that are weedy detract from the curb appeal of your home. It is labor intensive and time consuming, although the issue may be combated by constant weeding. Black plastic mulch suppresses weed growth because it prevents the stalks from emerging and blocks sunlight from hitting seeds that are germinating. The mulch also keeps the soil moist and allows plants to grow, when laid correctly. Plastic lasts for a year so it is only acceptable for vegetable plots and annual flower beds which are replanted.

Until and weed the garden bed before placing the plastic and planting, after the soil has reached a temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Add any soil amendments and fertilizers during tilling.

Dig a 3-inch-deep trench around the outer perimeter of the garden bed. Place the soil that is removed beyond the bed, such as in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp.

Lay drip irrigation lines lining them up with the planting rows. So drip irrigation is crucial to supply water to plant roots irrigation water can not permeate the plastic that is dark.

Distribute the plastic mulch over the garden bed and tuck the edges. So it is in full contact with the soil Distribute the plastic apartment. If sheets are essential to cover the bed, overlap the edges of each sheet by 4 inches.

Fill out the trench back with the soil that is removed. The soil anchors the plastic set up so that it doesn’t pull up in the edges.

Cut on an planting hole or a slice to the plastic for each bedding plant. Place the plants from the soil as you want in an bed, but pull on the edges of the plastic back slightly so that it doesn’t touch the plant stalks.

Inspect the plastic. Punch small holes in the plastic where water pools on top to allow it to drain beneath the plastic. Punch as few holes as possible, because many holes can allow weeds to permeate the mulch.

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