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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: Dana Brown <ddbro@llano.net>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 21:33:14 -0600 (MDT)

> Earlier this summer, as I was
> applying the stuff to a raised bed, I spread it on the lawn in order to
> cut it to proper size. I'm very deliberate about these things, so the
> stuff may have lain on the lawn for between 45 minutes and an hour and a
> half.
I too had this experience, except I was laying out the plastic and
cutting it to wrap around porch parts that I did not want painted when
we painted the house.  In under an hour a patch of grass turned brown. 
Luckily with a lot of water and a little fertilizer it came back. 
However when that plastic came down I laid it on a bed to solarize it. 
Now admittedly I only left it about 2 weeks but the results were not
great.  Everything looked dead when I took the plastic off but the
grass, bind weed, wild purslane and another I don't know the name of
came right back and tomorrow I have to go weed it again.  Going to try
the clear plastic for a minimum of three weeks next year.  Why don't I
ever learn from someone else's mistakes?? <G>
Dana Brown, Lubbock, Texas  Zone 7 Usda, Zone 10 Sunset
Where we are 3,241 ft above sea level, with an average rainfall of
17.76".  Our average wind speed is 12.5 mph and we have an average
of 164 days of clear weather, 96 of which dip below freezing.

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