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Plastic tarps and the soil food web

 
Jack Philson
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I am wanting to know whether creating a stale seed bed with tarps to control weed seeds in vegetable beds will have an adverse affect on the soil food web microbiota. Especially with regard to increased soil temperatures created by the tarp
 
John Duffy
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I would use mulch instead. It will break down and contribute to  building the soil
 
Angelika Maier
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Weed seeds fly in so a tarp would not help much.
 
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