Hugelkultur Raised Beds: Can this idea be used to smother unwanted invasives like ditch lily?

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Hugelkultur Raised Beds

By dave
July 18, 2011

Sheet mulching is a technique of laying organic material in layers on the ground to build up a raised bed of rich soil for your plants. Hugelkultur is an extension of this technique, where a gardener builds quite tall raised beds using logs and dead branches as the first layer in this bed.

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Jul 13, 2015 11:41 AM CST
Or will they just climb up into the rich soil and continue to spread? I do this already on a small scale by making compost piles with branches, etc. Then I just keep sifting out the largest branches until they are incorporated into the soil. But this is a terriffic idea! I guess the important thing is to pack all the air spaces and crevices, or at least the largest ones?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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Jul 15, 2015 2:38 PM CST Admin

Sorry for the delay in replying. I don't believe that a hugelkultur mound will be enough to smother difficult weeds like this. They'll just grow right up through the layers of soil. Maybe if you cut them down first and then covered them with multiple layers of thick cardboard first, that might kill them.

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