Moving blankets for no-till garden? Eliminate weeds

Is it wise to use moving blankets for no-till? Would they even work and break down properly? Maybe just as temporary way to smother weeds?

Something like this

70% Recycled cotton fiber along with 30% PET fibers



  • kbmbillups1
    kbmbillups1 Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't know about using those blankets, but you could use cardboard boxes. Worms love them. I put cardboard boxes at the bottom of my new raised bed. I have potatoes and okra growing in a nice layer of leaves as well. The leaves worked well last year so you could save leaves next fall and try it.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,502 admin

    If they are 30% PET fibre, then they aren't going to break down very well and they certainly aren't organic. PET is a thermoplastic polymer.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I suggest you stick with things that are clearly organic and break down more quickly. Newspaper, cardboard boxes, leaves chopped very small, and so forth.

    I wouldn't use fabric of any type, especially since most have quite a bit of synthetic content nowadays.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,132 ✭✭✭✭

    I would be leery of using anything like that with plastic in it. I'd stick with cardboard or a good clean mulch. I have heard of people using old carpeting but again, it has plastics in it.