we have both strawberries and raspberries together in our garden. They are...
we have both strawberries and raspberries together in our garden. They are not in rows. When we leave town, the weeds take over and it is hard to catch up. I am wondering if landscaping fabric would work? I see evidence this was used in the garden in the past. I am not sure how this fabric works with existing plants, especially with runners. Or would putting wood mulch around the plants be advised? There is quite a bit of dirt between plants that allow for ample weed production. Any ideas to decrease the amount of weeds is appreciated, we are organic gardeners.
Is it advisable to put down wood mulch this fall after cleaning out the weeds? Or is there a reason to wait til next spring?
Mulch would be best applied next spring after the ground has warmed up enough for root growth. If you apply it this fall, the soil will warm slower in the spring, possibly delaying spring growth of your fruits. Read more about it: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-724/426-724.html