Weed Management after Tilling

Asked April 7, 2019, 1:56 PM EDT

Tilled all of the garden. Half is planted but the other is waiting for tomato, pepper and squash plantings. So what should I do to keep the weeds down for the next month to 5 weeks? Tarps? Cardboard? Other suggestions?

Frederick County Maryland weeds vegetables mulching vegetable garden plant care

2 Responses

Cardboard works well. Layers of newspaper can work too (use 3-4 sections), though you'd probably need to top them with something to hold them down. Straw or simply some handy rocks can work.

A thick layer of organic mulch (not bark mulch) such as straw should work.

We would not recommend tarps or any solid plastic which would keep water off the soil and kill the good soil microorganisms. However, you could put down landscape fabric, which shades the soil, preventing weeds. At the same time, it allows rain to get through.

Ellen

Cardboard works well. Layers of newspaper can work too (use 3-4 sections), though you'd probably need to top them with something to hold them down. Straw or simply some handy rocks can work.

A thick layer of organic mulch (not bark mulch) such as straw should work.

We would not recommend tarps or any solid plastic which would keep water off the soil and kill the good soil microorganisms. However, you could put down landscape fabric, which shades the soil, preventing weeds. At the same time, it allows rain to get through.

Ellen