Originally Posted by politicalcenter
I use a lot of mulch and it works.... but you read the comment about battling it for forty years?
It can be some very tough stuff. You have to have enough mulch to keep the light out... if not... you are just feeding it.
Yes, that statement was made by BEE. She was stating that she has battled it all her life, so is no stranger to bermuda grass. If you read her previous post, she very aptly states that the BTE approach deals very effectively with Bermuda Grass, as it does with all other weeds. (I might add in all soil types and all gardening climates) Will it make weeding obsolete? Of course not. What it will do is turn the tables so that the crop plants have a decided advantage, and any Bermuda grass that does make it's way into the garden is very easy to pull out. I've been gardening under hay for more than 20 years. We all know how seedy hay is, and it doesn't matter what part of the country one gardens in, or what their soil is like. Common sense says that putting hay with all of it's seeds into the garden is inviting trouble, right? Well, experience shows this common sense to be wrong... if you know how to do it. The success lies in keeping that mulch nice and thick. If it's 6" deep, the weeds will not come up. Simple as that. Same approach with BTE. Keep that mulch deep enough, it will feed the microorganisms, which will feed the soil, while keeping light from getting to the soil, thereby suppressing weed growth.
PC, after re-reading your post, I realize that I'm preaching to the choir. But, just wanted to clarify that Bee's comment about battling Bermuda grass was in reference to her gardening practice before BTE. She contrasted how easy it was to manage in her BTE garden compared to the previous 40 years! BTE won't make it go away, but will make it much, much easier to manage. I imagine that your Bermuda grass is similar to our bind weed, creeping charlie, witch grass, and crab grass.
Edited by lazy gardener - 1/18/16 at 5:42pm