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Old 04-15-2010, 10:29 PM   post #1 of 10
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I was wondering if it would be good thing to use straw in the garden to keep the grass from growing around plants in garden
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:56 PM   post #2 of 10
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I think if anything, it would help the grass grow... a commercial weed barrier would be more effectie... short of a spray grass killer, anyway

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:12 PM   post #3 of 10
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I use grass clippings 3"+ deep around my flower plants. It works in containers and with in-ground plants. No, it don't foster weed growth, nothing will grow through a thick mat of clippings except the worst of vines that are already established. I'd think straw goes down too loose to be good mulch.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:15 AM   post #4 of 10
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anything, if thick enough, will work. i used leaves last year. straw, bad hay, cardboard boxes, etc..........
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:33 AM   post #5 of 10
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I,ll be useing it this year .I think it will work. my garden gets really dry. I hope it holes some moisture in.generally use grass clippings.you probably have to put down a pretty good layer.
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I did use it last year with success. It helps with both moisture and weedcontrol. I am planning on using it more this year myself.
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I was wondering if it would be good thing to use straw in the garden to keep the grass from growing around plants in garden
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Straw does a real good job in the weed seed non-germination department and moisture retention if maintained about six inches deep but if the grass you are attempting to control is Bermuda you'll need to find an alternate method.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:23 AM   post #8 of 10
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Straw will help keep moisture in the ground but it really does little to keep out grass and weeds. Most straw comes from wheat and contains wheat seed. So, you may be planting a wheat field in your garden. There is really no short cut to keeping a garden weed free. The best way to keep weeds in check, short of " Round-Up ready" is good soil prep before planting and shallow cultivation after the plants start to grow. Proper turning in the fall will make a big difference next year.
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:59 PM   post #9 of 10
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in our raised beds, We lay down weed cloth for weed prevention and straw on top for moisture retention, works great.

We then put grass clippings on the ground and wet it down to compact it a little, weeds still grow in the grass till its about 3 inches thick, compacted
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Depending on where the straw came from you may be importing a lot of weeds and grain into your garden. Fresh straw always contains an amount of seeds and some of them are not what you want in your garden.

We put fresh straw bales out each year for use two to three years later. Just set them where they will get a lot of weather during the winters and water them down to the point of saturation two or three times during the summer. Set them with the cut side of the bale up and just one layer deep, don't pile them up. This will allow nearly all the seeds to germinate and the plants to die prior to your using the straw in your garden.

Same thing with fresh horse, cow and chicken manure. Give it time to get rid of the weeds.

Just my opinion as allowed by SWMBO who says it works.

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