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Re: Solar blanket vs black plastic

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Solar blanket vs black plastic
  • From: "Albert F. Limberg" <campconn@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 10:01:52 -0600 (MDT)


I have found that anything that passed UV actually seems to promote
grass seed germination and growth.  It may cook the weeds and anything
else under it but it actually promotes grass growth.  Hence, the back
plastic seems to work best to control most weeds.  I have found that
anything that inhibits water passage to the soil also promotes surface
root systems.  Almost seems like there isn't any way to control weeds
except by tilling and pulling . . . for those who shy away from

Al Limberg
Concord, CA

P.S.  Enjoyed four years at Bradley University in the late 1950's. 
Always liked Peoria and Central Illinois.

Sing7178@aol.com wrote:
> Griff....
> I have been using the solar blanket from my pool to cook the grass.  It seems
> to kill the creepy weeds long before it kills the grass.  My gardening buddy
> is now using black plastic.  We are going to compare notes on which seems to
> be faster.
> I have tilled and planted just about all that I'm going to for this year.  I
> am now planning on what I want for next year.  I have about 250 new iris this
> year.  Am planning on lots of expansion!  Wanted to grow iris to give to
> friends and possibly next year sell a few to pay for all this expansion!!!!!
> Thanks for the advice.  Does anyone out there have experience using a pool
> solar blanket?
> Gayla
> East Peoria, Il
> Another cool morning...will be 80 today.  Just plain gorgeous weather.  Love
> it.

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