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My son tells me if I use my grass clippings and pile them around my tomato plants it will keep the weeds and bugs out. Anybody doing this?
Yep it cuts them down a bit, keeps the soil moist and the weeds you get will come out easy without damaging the plants. We use the clippings from ours and 6 neighbors.
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Sure do. Works great on the weeds. Not sure about the bugs.
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I use one layer of newspaper with grass clippings over the paper. It adds good organic matter for the soil, cuts down on weeding and helps prevent some fungus problems. However, it's no guarantee agains all pests. Variety of plants, spacing, drainage, good organic matter and general plant care all play their part in raising healthy tomatoes with a minimum or no use of pesticides. Also make sure your grass clipping source was not treated with weed killer. Wow! It feels good to think gardening in spite of what I see outside. Thanks!!!
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i also place bottomless cans next to the root base of my plants, i like the large cans ,that way your always going to have water where it counts.
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I am just so ready for spring! Cabin fever is not a good thing. Can't wait for some good ole tomato on a hamburger hot off the BBQ grill!
i use grass clipping in my garden to smother weeds, but a lot will still grow through however mulched soil makes pulling weeds very easy. If the grass is layered too thick say eight inches and over, the grass makes a heck of a mess when it comes time to rototill it in. Still my garden soil is like walking across a thin mattress its so loose.
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we put chimney ash around my tomato plants. Seems to work for the bugs and weeds
Ciggarette ash actually works even better
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Grass clippings are good only when not weed killer is used. It needs to be clean grass clippings. Beaware of your newspaper with the ink too. Trust me i been there already.
I just purchased one of those pro poulan 1000's power handles with all the attachments. A weedwacker, pole saw, edger and power cultivator. With the cultivator it needs wheels its so heavy. I found that amazon had the best prices.
I just told the misses lastnite were doing barbeque this weekend since its in the 50's i can't wait any longer. I long for those wood fired bugers and dogs. Maybe some chicken and ribs too.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.
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