For many of us, weed control can a real chore. At its best, its a job that takes time out of the day when you could be doing something more productive. At its worst it can be a never ending nightmare that saps your resolve and drains your passion for gardening.

Of course there a number of ways that you can attack the problem of serious weed infestation - landscape fabric, herbicides or even soil sterilisation. However, when the going gets tough the most vigorous of weeds can still grow through.

I have had the great fortune to discover the short videos of Jami and Brian Boys, the brains behind the excellent An Oregan Cottage home and gardening site. I love these two and the work they do, and they have provided this brilliant short clip about the benefits of using plastic in the garden.

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Jeleryl Comisky said...

My sister moved in to her new house recently. The weeds in her backyard were her biggest concern that time. So first, she took out all the weeds and put some plastic sheeting to keep the weeds from coming back.

janie said...

If you are intending on using the same ground the next year for gardening, can you put the plastic down and cover with pine needles and the next year take it all up and the weeds and runners will be killed? Then you can put in your garden in the same ground?

Mary Beth Haug said...

I am using black plastic ground cover for the first time this year to help with weeds in the garden and am finding tons of nasty little pink slugs all over the ground cover and sometimes very close to or on my plants!!!!!!!! Have I gotten rid of the weeds issue only to create a new problem? Any ideas would be very welcome!

Tony Liu said...

Using weed control fabric is not a new topic in the world, more and more people want to use the landscape weed control fabric for weed covering and landscaping,avoid to use the chemical weed killers.