While considering the need for the unused area in your household to be
used in a good way and not let weeds grow there, you have any options to
choose. Many houses have such areas mostly in between their home and
fence which because of the lack of much care and use become the favorite
place for weeds. With proper care and planning, you could make use of
this area in a wonderful manner so that it will become an added pride
for your home. According to the reports of 'building inspection Sydney'
(http://www.effectiveconsultancy.com.au /) real estate agents get done by
building inspection experts, there are various options you could make
use of. Planting a flower bed in the area will surely beautify your
home. In order to avoid weeds growing on the area, you could make use of
landscape fabrics, organic mulches, crushed stone or black plastic.
Most of the people consider laying planting landscape fabrics instead of
other options because of various reasons. Compared to landscape fabrics,
all other options have got many disadvantages that make people hesitate
to use them. The major drawback cited about organic mulches is that they
eventually decompose and the process of decomposition is hastened by the
contact with soil. Also, there is another problem that as they
decompose, they become fertile ground for weeds. Crushed stone is
inorganic mulch which wont decompose. But the problem is that stone
easily works its way into the soil. Also, there is another drawback that
it is hard to keep clean and draws considerable heat to the soil. Black
plastic also do not decompose, but unlike stone it is easy to keep
clean. The major problems associated with black plastic are that it not
only does draw heat, but also prevents air, water and nutrients from
penetrating into the soil. Because of all these reasons people prefer
landscape fabrics to other options.
I have been gardening for 40+ years and have experimented with many of
the suggestions in your post. Landscape fabric allows weeds,
specifically crabgrass, to come through and they are very difficult to
For many years, I have covered my vegetable garden with black plastic
and it works well. Water and nutrients are not blocked as evidenced
by dark soil underneath and healthy, productive plants. It is not
very nice to look at but it does provide puddles for our cat to drink
out of. I suppose you could put a thing layer of soil over it and
grow turf or flowers but I've never tried that.
At my house we call most of that area lawn. LAndscape fabric is used
in beds close to the house or in seperate dedicated areas.
real estate agents "get done" by building experts? I hope they
I've used stone of various types and it isn't that it works itself
into the soil. The problem is that dust, decaying leaves, etc goes
on top of the stone and eventually you have enough there in between
the stones that it supports weeds growing. The stone is still there
and looks OK though. I guess if the process continues long enough,
the rock will eventually get covered. But a lot of this depends on
where you're located. What works in Arizona may not work in Maine.
Black plastic sure looks like hell compared to mulch or stone though.
As for the landscape fabric, I've never seen it used here in the NYC
area without being covered with either mulch or stone. Uncovered, I
would think it wouldn't look very good either. Not what I'd want in
the landscaped spaces around the perimeter of my house. Also, if it's
uncovered, how do you anchor it down, so that it doesn't get blown
around by the wind?
IMO, landscape fabric has at least as many drawbacks as mulch or
stone. To make it look good and keep it in place, you need to cover
it with stone or mulch. Once you do that, you're not much better off
than just using the mulch or stone by themselves. I've tried or seen
the results of stone, mulch, and landscape fabric with them. I've
settled on mulch. It's not perfect. The main problem is that it does
rot over time and needs to be replaced. But if you do that every 3
or 4 years, it works OK. And the plus is that when you renew it, it
isn't that difficult and it looks like new again. I can see using
black plastic or fabric for areas like a vegetable garden though.
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