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Old 10-29-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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I don't do it to save the environment, but my back. Instead of tilling and digging soil, I use cardboard and newspaper to kill existing grass and weeds. I use shredded leaves as mulch every year after. I created two new beds this year using this method. So far, only wild onions have appeared in those beds. No other weeds, and wild onions are almost impossible to get rid of. Earthworms arrive in hordes when paper is placed under leaves. They break down the clay and eventually, all the leaves become a nice fluffy soil that anything grows in. Nature uses leaves as mulch and fertilizer. So do I.
Same here. As for having stuff come up through the newspaper....I've had surprise lilies (lycoris) and paperwhites come up through it. I've got some coming up out there right now through paper that hasn't been there a year yet and is not even all decomposed. More power to 'em, if they can grow through that plus a heavy layer of pine straw!

No matter what you do in this day and time, somebody will come along and tell you it's not good for the environment.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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I too use the layer/lasagna method...but with more newspaper than cardboard. Same idea.

We also get a huge number of worms...i transplant these guys into my compost pile...and have noticed that I get compost in half the time.
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:10 PM
 
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We also get a huge number of worms...i transplant these guys into my compost pile...and have noticed that I get compost in half the time.
I love worms.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:04 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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Are there any chemicals in the cardboard? Ink? Glue?

From what I hear, Corn gluten meal is used as an organic pre-emergent.

I am curious to know what effect the cardboard has on the soil temperature.
I used to work at a feed store and we sold the corn gluten weed emergent, it is called "Suppressa".
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