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Gully kill mulch

making a kill mulch from old card board and bails of straw

It was a perfect day to install a cardboard and straw kill mulch in the gully.

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Hmmmm.. This process looks mighty familiar. :-)
Comment by Deb Tue Oct 2 19:26:04 2012
Deb --- Yep, one of my favorite activities. An afternoon kill mulching was my reward for spending a day and a half on indoors chores while it rained.
Comment by anna Wed Oct 3 13:06:57 2012
how long does the process take?
Comment by Mark Fri Nov 16 08:27:09 2012
Mark --- Laying down the kill mulch doesn't take much time at all (depends on how big the area is, of course). I like to lay down kill mulches now for spring planting since the cardboard has generally completely degraded by then. You can also lay down the kill mulch and plant directly into it in some cases, especially with shallow rooted plants.
Comment by anna Fri Nov 16 12:02:51 2012

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