Re: Quackgrass and Plastic Mulch
>Has anyone out there had success with any other organic methods of eliminating
>perennial weeds? How about the use of cover crops to crowd out perennial weeds
>over a 2-3 year period?
>Thanks for your feedback in advance.
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is extremely effective in suppressing both annual
and perennial weeds, because of its very rapid canopy establishment, high
proportion of light interception by an established canopy (99%) and because
of its continued growth in height, reaching 3 m and more. There is much
interest among organic farmers in Europe to include hemp in their rotation.
A nice illustration of the potential of hemp to suppress a perennial weed is
Lotz L A P, R M W Groeneveld, B Habekotté and H van Oene, 1991. Reduction of
growth and reproduction of Cyperus esculentus by specific crops. Weed
Research 31: 153-160.
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