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I try to cover everything in the garden with cardboard and paper feed sacks to help keep weeds down. I never have enough. So yesterday BJ sat in the warm sunshine at the sheep barn, cutting the bottom off feed sacks, cutting them open, rolling up 10 per roll and placing in a big plastic weave dog food bag. Today we may move out to the horse barn and do the same.
 

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So yesterday BJ sat in the warm sunshine at the sheep barn, cutting the bottom off feed sacks, cutting them open, rolling up 10 per roll
That's a dang good idea. My DH is constantly asking me if we have to save any more? Don't you have enough? Where are we gonna put 'em? Are you sure we have to save an y more?

That sounds like a good job for him! :lol:
 

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I try to cover everything in the garden with cardboard and paper feed sacks to help keep weeds down.
The place that make the feed I buy is using woven plastic bags now, no more paper. The compressed pine shavings are also in plastic.
 

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The woven plastic bags will work as weed deterrents during the winter. They can also be placed over mulch piles to speed up the process. They don't deteriorate like the paper bags, but do keep down weed growth like the commercial non-degradable weed cloth does.
 

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I used the woven plastic bags one year. I had placed the bags down and covered them with hay mulch for appearance sake. Looked wonderful but perhaps I should have taken them up at the end of the season because they literally disintegrated into gazillions of plastic strings. I cannot explain how many hours I spent pulling those out of the garden. Never again!
 

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I should have taken them up at the end of the season because they literally disintegrated into gazillions of plastic strings. I cannot explain how many hours I spent pulling those out of the garden. Never again!
This! I once made the mistake of putting an old solar pool cover over the garden for the winter hoping to kill off the weeds. The cover was still there in the spring but there were a gazillion little blue plastic dots all over. Never again :D
 
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