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Old Yesterday, 11:40 AM
 
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I've grown pretty tired of constantly having to cleanup the weeds and crab grass that spreads around my garden. I'm tempted this year to use landscape fabric either between the rows or across the whole garden with areas cut or opened up for the individual plants.

Does anyone have any experience or feel one way or another on this topic? What worked for you?
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Old Yesterday, 01:33 PM
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I've grown pretty tired of constantly having to cleanup the weeds and crab grass that spreads around my garden. I'm tempted this year to use landscape fabric either between the rows or across the whole garden with areas cut or opened up for the individual plants.

Does anyone have any experience or feel one way or another on this topic? What worked for you?

try using straw or grass clippings as mulch, both are easy to move to the large compost pile at the end of the year if you are so inclined, or don't want to till the mulch back into the soil
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I typically till the area pretty well as well as add in fresh soil and manure and till again. This year I am borrowing a friends broadfork to really break up the soil down below where the tiller can get. But your saying just putting straw over the whole garden will work? Or should I make sure the areas I am planting/transplanting should remain open to the soil?
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Old Yesterday, 02:22 PM
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I typically till the area pretty well as well as add in fresh soil and manure and till again. This year I am borrowing a friends broadfork to really break up the soil down below where the tiller can get. But your saying just putting straw over the whole garden will work? Or should I make sure the areas I am planting/transplanting should remain open to the soil?

leave open areas for you rows or plants, but you'll find that the weeds will generally just be confined to those open areas and take far less time to remove or hoe.

tilling while good for breaking up and turning in amendments, also brings many weed seeds back up to the surface.
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That's what chickens and goats are for
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leave open areas for you rows or plants, but you'll find that the weeds will generally just be confined to those open areas and take far less time to remove or hoe.

tilling while good for breaking up and turning in amendments, also brings many weed seeds back up to the surface.
So maybe just some light taking, new amendments added and then the broad fork to break up the soil a bit instead of turning it.
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Old Today, 10:33 AM
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So maybe just some light taking, new amendments added and then the broad fork to break up the soil a bit instead of turning it.
it would really depend on your soil ...you're in Connecticut right? Think Cambium is there and I believe he has rocky and clay(?) soil. In that case I think you want to get as much organic material in as possible. Depending on how much area you're working with, you may need a tiller. I try and not go too deep (4-5") when I till but I'm working with sandy soil. I think I do notice a difference in the resulting weed growth between tilling 2-3" and 5-6".

I have used straw as mulch before but my grass clippings are free and is easily removed come fall cleanup.
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Old Today, 10:43 AM
 
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Fabric does help, but only for awhile. We have ripped most of ours out.
Although water penetrates the fabric, the good compost cannot break down and enrich the soil.
Also, after a year or two the mulch and compost that is on top of the fabric will support weeds anyway.
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