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Post  llama momma on 1/29/2013, 9:00 am

Made my way over to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore yesterday. Found 3 bundles of shingles still in the packaging. 15 dollars for the whole thing. Going to slide these slightly under the outside of the boxes. It forms a perfect mowing edge and won't allow any grass or weeds to come up. Then cover up with a nice mulch of some sort. Worms love to hang out under them too. Very Happy
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Post  Icemaiden on 1/29/2013, 9:53 am

@llama momma wrote: Worms love to hang out under them too. Very Happy
Will slugs like them too?

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Post  llama momma on 1/29/2013, 11:23 am

I've used shingles before and didn't notice any problems with slugs. You made a good point though.
I'll make a mental note to look for them.
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Post  bnoles on 1/29/2013, 2:14 pm

Had me worried for a moment LLM.... I have had a case of shingles for nearly 6 months now and when I saw your topic I panicked Shocked I would not wish these things on anyone. I am slowly getting rid of them at last, but it has been a long painful process to say the least.

Good on the "shingle" find and sounds like a great creeping grass and weed solving solution.

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Post  Kelejan on 1/29/2013, 3:50 pm

@bnoles wrote:Had me worried for a moment LLM.... I have had a case of shingles for nearly 6 months now and when I saw your topic I panicked Shocked I would not wish these things on anyone. I am slowly getting rid of them at last, but it has been a long painful process to say the least.

Good on the "shingle" find and sounds like a great creeping grass and weed solving solution.
Yes, my first thought was human shingles too, bnoles. A friend had it and it was so painful.
Roof shingles are great for killing weeds by suffocation and darkness.
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Post  llama momma on 1/29/2013, 4:49 pm

bnoles
Sorry you are battling the other kind of shingles. I hope your ordeal comes to a fast end. My mother had it years ago and I vividly remember her suffering. It is such an awful ordeal. Get well soon.

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I wonder if anything can leach out of the shingles? Some of my boxes are 8 inches deep, others 12 inches. When I pull out plants the roots stay put inside the box. Hopefully anything leaching from the shingles goes straight down and away. The new asparagus(w/potential long roots) box I'll probably skip the shingles and surround with deep flakes of hay and straw. That stuff suppresses real well too. But it's a very bumpy walk around the box till it breaks down and becomes a lovely mat.
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Post  camprn on 1/29/2013, 6:56 pm

Most common shingles or shim stock is simply kiln dried and untreated.

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Post  landarch on 1/29/2013, 10:00 pm

nice find and good idea
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Post  llama momma on 1/30/2013, 7:47 am

That's comforting camp. I got the shingle-leaching concern from a rain barrel article. Bottom line I think it will be ok too.

Landarch the shingle idea came from something I read on the internet. I really like the weed free, grass free edge and the riding mower can get close without damaging the boxes.
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Post  camprn on 1/30/2013, 7:57 am

I use an edger to cut around by boxes to keep infiltrating grass under control. I do it at least twice a year. That works great too. Then I use the weed whacker to keep the grass close to the boxes trimmed.

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