I just dropped the price of
the permaculture playing cards
for a wee bit.

 

 

uses include:
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- convincing folks that you are not crazy
- gift giving obligations
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trinda storey
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I am dealing with the plastic landscaping fabric everywhere it's really hard to remove and expensive to get rid of. Any thoughts?
 
Bryant RedHawk
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Sadly there is only one way to get rid of that stuff, dig it out. If it is buried under soil it can last for quite a few years.

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I always let it dry out, and then get my customers who were foolish enough to get it in the first place, to use their old hand shears and cut away any tree roots that came up with it.

One lady asked me "Isn't this stuff supposed to stop weeds from coming up?" My reply was no. "This stuff is designed to get you to open your wallet."
 
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I hate the stuff.

I am building an access road across my farm now and being a government grant it is required. I tried to fight them, but to no avail. Still even the Soil Engineer admitted that another road this one intersects with is "one of the best in the county". We built that using the old fashioned stuff...rock.

At one point the ditch of my new road makes a 90 degree corner which is not good for erosion. The soil engineer was worried the water would slam into my old road and "blow it out". I told her not the way we built it. We laid in 4 feet of rock some as big as washing machines as the sub-base of the road. Nothing is going to blow that out. But if we had built it to government specifications, it would because they require 4 inch rock and smaller and geofabric.

Stupid.

To answer the question though, I think the best way is to stop putting it down to begin with. It should NOT be part of regulatory compliance.
 
trinda storey
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The garden I am regenerating is full of it! Would it be harmful to use it as a filler in a herb spiral?
 
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My property had two different kinds of landscaping fabric when I first moved in.  There was a black rubbery mesh-like fabric with little holes in it.  And there was a grey fabric that was more solid.  The back rubbery stuff came up much easier, as tree roots didn't get to tangled up in it.

But the grey stuff . . . the grey stuff is from hell.  It goes down almost like paper.  It's got a smooth texture and it cuts like craft paper or some sort of thicker fabric.  But once its been in the ground for a couple of years, it starts to delaminate.  It doesn't rot away, but it gets soft and turns into a big mess of fibers.  So when you uncover it and try to pull it up, it's like a giant spider web of grey tangled fibers.  You pull and pull and pull and the stuff just keeps coming up.  Tree roots tangle themselves into it.  It's just a nightmare to try to get all of it.

NEVER use that crap.  Awful.

 
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