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Weed block around blue berries and trees?

I am looking into ways of preventing weeds and grass from growing around my blue berries and some trees. I am thinking of some kind of ring around them, they must be able to pass air and water through them. I will not use chemicals.
All ideas most appreciated, thanks.
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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

You don't want to just mulch?
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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

I did mulch but still got weeds. So far I am thinking of making cardboard rings and putting mulch on top of them. I have not found any cheap products to do the job yet.
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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

Cardboard and mulch works great for most situations. :D
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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

Tom

The cardboard + mulch sounds like a winner. Or even a thick layer of newspaper under the mulch. Have you tried pine straw? A nice thick layer that stops 2" or 3" from the base of the plant works better than any other mulch I have tried. When I had my landscaping business I tried them all. The straw packs down and the needles twine together makeing an excellent weed block while still allowing water to get through. It also decomposes very slowly. Much slower than wood mulches. I also find it very attractive - very natural looking. The next best for weed control is shredded cypress bark mulch. Do be careful not to pack the mulch up against the base of your plants.

Even without the cardboard or newspaper the pine straw is great at weed control.

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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

Pine mulch sounds like a good idea, thanks Elizabeth. My neighbor has a few acres of pine trees not far from the berry garden, and I am sure he would let me take my tractor and rake it to get some of it.
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Re: Weed block around blue berries and trees?

You could always dig up the sod and turn it over (the earthworms LOVE this) then apply mulch. Or just get rid of the sod all together. This has worked many times for me. Of course each year you need to add some more mulch to keep the top layer a good 3-4 inches thick. Adding newspaper or cardboard won't hurt anything but I don't think it's necessary if you do something with the sod.

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