I'm redesigning my front yard. Getting away from grass to try and reduce
I would like to have some areas filled with river stone. My concern is
weeds becoming an maintenance nightmare.
Anyone have any experience with this?
The plan would be to remove the existing grass, lay down that landscape
cloth in the bed area, perhaps sprinkle with sand for color and fill with
Are weeds going to be a permanent nightmare in such a setup, or will the
landscape cloth do it's job reasonably well? Does one have to replace the
landscape cloth every so often?
thanks in advance for your wisdom and experience
ps. Thanks to the person that suggested the cargo netting for working on
hills. This looks like it might be workable next time if I can figure out
how to secure the nets.
The answer depends partially on where you're located. California High
Desert, not a problem. Southern Florida - you'll be weeding on a
daily/weekly basis, unless you just plan on regular use of Roundup.
Also, you'll probably find that most weeds grow from the surface down
(rather than starting below and growing up through the rock fill layer).
Expect weeds to grow in the river rock above the weed barrier. My
experience with landscape cloth has been that it didn't do a lot of good,
and became a real hassle whenever I wanted to change the garden or plant
something. I'd skip it as an unnecessary expense and unneeded effort.
We "inherited" landscaping from the previous owners of our house that was
big on gravel and wood chips atop landscape fabric. At least here in the
Willamette Valley of Oregon, this is an unending nightmare of weeds and
hassle. For the first couple years it will be okay, but around here soil
formation proceeds surprisingly fast. Organic stuff blows in and decomposes,
and before you know it (at most a couple of years), there is enough
soil-like matter built up for various weeds to start growing. Each year it
seems larger varieties of weeds can gain a foothold than the prior year -- a
steady march toward a climate community of redwood forest, no doubt. Wood
chips are slightly worse than gravel because they themselves decompose, but
even gravel will fill up with organic matter in a few years, and then there
is no easy way to get it out. And the landscape fabric, weighed down by tons
of gravel or wood chips, itself becomes a pain any time you want to plant
something. (I will say this for it -- that stuff seems like it will still be
around long after the sun goes red giant and swallows the earth, so you
don't have to replace it -- you just have to regret having ever installed it
for the rest of your life!)
You're welcome. I don't have a hill so the idea is not from personal
experience, but it just seemed like a perfect match. I would imagine you
might be able to anchor it enough while you are working by getting some
strong ropes and tieing the top corners of the net to some sturdy trees at
the top of the hill, if such are available.
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