Weed Control in Vegetable Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Avon, Oh
Question by satorius5
May 20, 2009
Is straw a good choice for weed control in a vegetable garden? Is it okay to till it into the soil after the season is over? Will it decompose, and is it good? for the soil for next year? I live in Ohio. Thank you!

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2009


You can use straw, compost, shredded leaves, pine needles, or whatever organic material that is available in your local area to use as a mulch around your plants and over the bare soil in your veggie garden. Mulches help slow water evaporation, moderate soil moisture, suppress weeds and release some nutrients into the soil as they decompose. At season's end, dig the organic matter into the soil where it will further decompose and help enrich your garden soil. Hope you have a great harvest!

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