Magazine article USA TODAY

Bye-Bye Weeds

Magazine article USA TODAY

Bye-Bye Weeds

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* Few things are as frustrating for gardeners as to find that, after all the work that went into planting and cultivating a flower bed or vegetable patch, weeds have taken over and are choking off the plants. Chemical preventatives have all sorts of ecological and health concerns, leaving hands-and-knees scrabbling to rip out the offending vegetation or flailing away--usually ineffectually--with rakes, hoes, and other instruments in a losing battle to contain it.

All of this could be avoided if you use Garden Mulch Film from Easy Gardener, Inc., Huntsville, Ala. A roll of what looks like perforated black garbage bags is designed to be spread over the plot once the soil has been prepared for planting, then pinned down with pegs. An X-shaped hole is cut through the film with a utility knife, and seeds or plantings are placed into the ground through it.

The perforations let water and air penetrate through to the growing plants, while the film keeps moisture in, temperatures constant, and retards bacteria and rot from affecting the growing plants. Meanwhile, weeds are denied a friendly environment to take a toehold, deprived of the sunlight they need to prosper.

A 3' x 50' roll runs $7. …

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