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Missy1970

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Straw
« on: May 02, 2010, 21:49 »
Evening everyone

Could I use straw as a mulch to help retain moisture and control weeds when I go away on holiday(s)

I was thinking of using around raspberries, sweetcorn, beans and anything you think would benefit??

I can remember last year coming back feeling very deflated at how well the weeds did in my absence!!

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DavidT

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Re: Straw
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 21:52 »
I don`t see why not. Just makes sure the plants are well watered before laying the straw. :D

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Trillium

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Re: Straw
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 02:23 »
I use lots of straw every year around everything to both hold in moisture and stifle the weeds. Best to get it down before you expect rain so the rain will compact it down and hold it in place better in case you get high winds. You'll also see where you might need to top it up a bit. The thicker the better. Some folk feel straw encourages slugs but straw is actually quite sharp.

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Pompey Spud

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Re: Straw
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 07:31 »
Just to also ask and hijack.

I assume that the contents of rabbit hutches/guiniepigs would also act as a mulch with the benefit of droppings?

Than dig it in at the end of the season?
Top tip for camping....don't go.

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Trillium

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Re: Straw
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 17:31 »
That would work too because there's enough manure in the shavings to help break them down and not rob any nitrogen from the soil.



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