My central air conditioning unit is located in a spot where the eaves are so
deep that even after lots of rain, it's still bone dry, but bindweed finds
the area delightful and it's eating my air conditioner. I thought of
covering the whole area with plastic and then a few inches of stones right
up to the foundation, but I have another concern. In winter, it's not
uncommon for several feet of snow to drift into that corner. When it melts,
I'm not sure I want that much water ponding in the plastic and overflowing
along the edges near the cinder block. The basement's always been dry, but
still, something about the plastic idea seems iffy. So, some sort of
landscape fabric seems like a better option.
Regardless of the material on top, I'm thinking of edging it with Trex
buried with just enough above ground to contain 2-3 inches of stones.
I avoid weed killers, since so many animals use my yard as a dinner table,
but I might make an exception in this instance because once the area is
covered, nothing will be eating there unless there's a type of animal which
eats stones the size of ping pong balls.
On Fri, 03 Jul 2009 17:09:44 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
2-4-D is still available, at least in Oregon. It was a component of
Agent Orange, along with 2-4-5-TP, if memory serves.
There are some other weed killers which proport to have an extended
effect for up to a year.
Why not a precast concrete or recycled pop bottle AC pad, tilted
slightly away from the house to prevent ponding? They come in several
sizes, and can pretty easily be slipped under the AC unit without
disconnecting it. May need a few shims under the coil box to keep it
level, but that is easy enough. If there is slack in the cables and
hoses, also a good idea to raise the box up a few inches.
That's what I have, one of those cast fiberglass like pads, I always thought
that was the manditory default, had one at my last house too. I'm sure it
would require a few strong backs to insert a pad after the fact:
Then I think the patio pavers would be the best solution. I just string
trim, would still need to edge around patio blocks or anything else, but
I've no idea if you have lawn. I'd choose most anything before small
stones... a plastic edging filled with pine bark nuggets like I have
prevents weeds (I have barrier cloth under the nuggets). I had to install
the fence as that is the third shrub, deer got the previous two... nothing
else works other than fencing.
Originally I had no fence, a week later I had no shrub, that little cyprus
is long gone:
You can use 6X6 landscape ties too... one morning I woke up to shrubs
munched down to nubs, so that's why I now have fence all around:
Once the shrubs grow and the galvanized wire fencing dulls it's not very
I learned long ago not to skimp on landscaping lumber/materials, I hate do
I spent a fortune on every deer repellant on the market, spent many, many
hours spraying, even in fridgid winter weather, and then having to wash the
stink off my clothes and myself... all to no avail... only a fence works.
You are right about the plastic being a bad idea. We have landscape
fabric, available in different strengths, with river rock on top and
used in similar areas where nothing grows. We have Trex on our finger
dock, about 7 years old. Full sun, all day, Florida. Concrete pavers
or black vinyl lawn edging work nicely around the rock and contain it well.
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