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Post  growing green on 2/18/2013, 9:59 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm thinking I would like to try a different weed barrier in some of my new SFG's this year. I seen this standard dry sheathing material at home depot the other day and thought it might work well.

I'm going to be doing quite a few more boxes this year and thought this might be a more economical way to go. Any suggestions? How many layers should I put down? Am I better off just sticking with landscaping fabric?
Any suggestions appreciated.
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Re: Weed Barrier - standard dry sheathing

Post  Kelejan on 2/19/2013, 12:39 am

glad you\'re here growing green happy hi
What is this standard dry sheathing made of? Does it breathe, drain water? I'd say go ahead and try it in a couple of beds then compare the resuslts with your landscape fabric. Then, of course, report back to us if you remember to. Very Happy
Has anyone else used this sheathing?
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Post  growing green on 2/21/2013, 9:29 pm

Standard Dry Sheathing is like paper, only thicker, and it's 100% recyclable. Comes in 3 x 145 ft rolls for about $15 at home depot.

Here is the link: homedepot.ca/product/standard-dry-sheathing/917430

So I thought I would use a strip down each side, each overlapping by about 1ft and then put a strip going down the middle, then a strip on each side again.

I think this would offer some pretty good protection and still be reasonably priced compared to commercial weed fabrics. What does everyone else think?
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Re: Weed Barrier - standard dry sheathing

Post  victoria on 2/21/2013, 10:34 pm

I have tried a few different paper type products in the community gardens we plant - for the same reason - it seems economical - then a year later or even later that season - the weeds are growing up into the boxes - crab grasses and such - then we end up having to pull up the soil - replace the weed mat - and start over - so in the long run the time and double effort was not worth the initial savings. I went and looked at the product link and I am also worried about the drainage - will it cause water to puddle inside where you cant see it and then you have yellow sickly plants that refuse to thrive. I would definitely say stay with the landscape fabric or any material you can find that breathes and drains and lasts without breaking down.
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