I use landscape fabric under the red cedar mulch I use in an area behind
the house that gets essentially zero sun.
It keeps the weeds away for a few years until the wood and leaves break
down, leaving a great growing medium on top of the fabric. By then there is
hardly any mulch left, so we start from scratch. It's not a large area, so
it's not a big deal. Maybe 3 cu yards, 3" deep.
I just lay it down. I tell it not to go anywhere and so far it has
After a few years it gets interwoven with little roots and it can't move
anyway. At least that's what happens in my yard.
When I've had to remove some to add a garden for my wife or build a shed, I
had to cut the fabric with a utility knife and then rip it away from the
He could also find an upholstery supply house and buy the
synthetic dustcover for about 20-30 cents a yard
I've used it in a couple of areas and so far has held up for
a couple three years
Funny you should mention that because today I went to home depot and saw
how much it costs. I bought a few rolls, but not nearly enough, as I
think I should shop around.
I once saw those big green rolls of "astroturf" like stuff under wood
chips at a friend's house. He said the weeds NEVER grow up thru that
stuff (which is about 1/8" thick!).
That's what I'm thinking. It makes no sense for me to WATER the lawn,
since water is just wasted on grass. I guess in places where it actually
rains, that wouldn't be a conservation issue. But why deplete an aquifer
if I don't have to?
I was going to use duct tape but pins of steel make sense as long as they
don't stick up too high as to hurt the grandkids.
This is good to know. The gray stuff I bought is pretty see through.
On Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:32:00 -0700, Higgs Boson wrote:
Funny you should say that because I bought a cultivator to do just that.
So, the slope that is steep *will* be terraced (eventually).
But, for now, I think I'm gonna dump 10 cubic yards of wood chips on it.
I *am* worried though that it will all end up in the pool.
Ivy takes over hillsides very well prevents erosion and chokes out weeds, plus it needs near zero maintence other than a occasional trim to keep it where you want it...
costs near zero.
Had a neighbor with a steep slope, he put down that plastic and had hillside covered with mid sized rocks. looked nice till it killed a mature tree, and in short order debris got between the rocks, and weeds started growing making the rocks look bad....
the neighbor had all his trees cut down, to minimze debris in the rocks and he feared a tree could fall and hit his home.....
his once beautiful yard looked sad without the trees, and he fell, and ended up in a nursing home..
meanwhile his home was sold and they have began replanting the trees
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