Re: [gardeners] solar killing of weeds

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 11 Jun 2001 09:37:55 -0600

This is all I received of your post, Lucinda, but I'm barely emerged from a 
virus. @#$%^^ IIRC, we tilled an area and wet it down very thoroughly, then 
stretched clear plastic over it, fastening the edges down, and left it for 
about six weeks (mid-July to early Sept). The spur for that was not weeds, 
but potatoes that looked beautiful, but attempts to pick them up revealed 
they were soft-squishy and smelly inside.  No problems with that area (ca 
10X17 feet) since then. Nice to see your name in the "in" box. Hope you're 
set for a wonderful summer.  Margaret L

At 10:50 PM 6/10/01 -0400, you wrote:

>of weeds, that is.  What does one use to solarize a patch of ground, black
>sheet plastic?  How long is the ground to be covered, roughly?  We are
>thinking of doing in some weeds while on vacation.