Re: [tomato] Hay Mulch

Doreen Howard (
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 20:03:03 -0600

I used hay, and I had no weeds.  The mat was too thick for the weeds to take
hold.  A couple of seeds sprouted on the top, and they were easy to pull up.
Just as plastic mulch is not the answer for every climate or situation, the
hay (or straw) mulch isn't either.  But, I swear by it, because it got
results in my Illinois and Texas gardens.
Doreen Howard
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Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 5:39 PM
Subject: RE: [tomato] Hay Mulch

>Charles Wilber's procedure uses STRAW.....and thereby avoids the weed seed
>question. I've used the method and like many others have found it useful in
>climates that present different challenges than you experience in the PNW.
>The permeable weed barriers, e.g., "road fabric" over drip emitters you
>mention have not made a good showing in the southeast U.S.