black plastic in garden - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
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Question by kaygfox
November 6, 2010
Should I place black plastic down in my spring vegetable garden when I plant my seedlings? I live in Jacksonville Fl.

Answer from NGA
November 6, 2010
Black plastic is never my first choice. Although it will help control weeds, it keeps water from penetrating the earth. A better choice is weed block landscape fabric. It, too, keeps weeds from sprouting but it has microscopic holes which allow rainwater and water from the hose to trickle through. And, it allows for air exchange. So, invest in landscape fabric instead of plastic. You'll find it lasts longer than plastic, won't develop holes or rips if you walk on it, and it will help keep your soil much healthier. Best wishes with your garden!

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