Black plastic has become a major weapon in our constant fight against weeds and pernicious grasses. I previously wrote about how I use it in some of our vegetable beds to help us garden without tilling.
In fact, I have three lidded garbage bins labeled “Black Plastic” in the garden shed to protect the plastic from the mice during the growing season. And not just because I like it- it’s mainly because this stuff is NOT cheap, and I was not happy the spring I went to get the plastic and found it riddled with mice holes (and a nest of babies, but we’re not gonna talk about that!).
So we protect our plastic here at An Oregon Cottage, and we use it to take care of areas we need to keep grass and weeds away on a permanent basis like pathways and between crops like berries.
We do NOT use it in flower beds covered with bark mulch- a look I find particularly nasty and one that does not enrich the soil for the plants living there. For those beds we use the newspaper-and-mulch method.
However, we did not always embrace black plastic as we do now. Here’s our story.
How do you deal with major weeds?