There's a product called Preen <http://www.preen.com/newpreen /
index.jsp> that works well. It works by not allowing weeds to
germinate...existing lawn or plants from sets will not be
affected...only those trying to germinate from seed.
Agent Orange. Kept a neighbor's yard bare for 5 years. But then he
got a might sickly shortly thereafter.
The point being that there are strong products available but many come
with potential risks.
Yeah, there was a reason that people would salt the fields of their enemies
in years gone by
course, if you have any kind of slope on the driveway, every rainstorm
will wash some of that salt further down the line where it will kill
whatever else it lands on.
On Fri, 13 Apr 2007 09:47:41 -0400, "Zephyr" <an address @ some place
That is great unless you have salt tolerant weeds. There are lots of
plants that grow just fine at the beach. If you in Kansas I doubt you
will see them tho.
Roundup only kills what it hits and the next day you can plant new
stuff on that spot. You can find "edgers" and other persistant weed
killers that kill everything and won't let anything grow there until
it migrates away. These are not particularly good for the environment
but they work.
Yikes!! Do the weeds bother you that much that you have to poison the
ground so often?? I just mow my weeds when they bother me. Do you
have a mower?
Driveways these days are often built with road building fabric. It's
like beefed up landscape fabric and seems to totally emlimate the weed
problem. Give it a try if you can.
There are products available at the home centers, garden center, etc,
that last up
to a year. Triox is one. You need to keep it out of the root zone of
any trees, shrubs
etc, which limits areas that it can be used in. But stone or
similar driveways are
exactly what they are made for.
On my neighbor wanted a gravel driveway. He had it dug out extra deep,
a thin layer of gravel, a layer of asphalt, then 6 inches of gravel.
Although he moved years ago his driveway still looks perfect, no weeds
or mud. No maintence either unlike asphalt sealing and lower taxes too
Gravel driveways are <supposed> to have weeds. They keep the rocks from
washing away. :^)
I'd rather run a mower over weeds than mess with poison or stoop labor. Rich
people pay for 'invisible' driveways- interlocking open-square paver blocks
with feet on a gravel/sand base, and the gaps are packed with soil and
grass grown in and kept at golf course height. In late buggy/early auto era,
driveways were often just 2 skinny tracks of concrete or pavers with grass
inbetween- you can still see traces in some older urban neighborhoods,
though the gap has usually been paved in, and outside stripes added, for
larger modern cars.
I live near a river that feeds into the Chesapeake bay. My kids swim
in this river, but unfortunately the water quality advisories are
becoming more frequent.
Anyway, I use a flat head shovel and a rake to clear weeds from my
gravel driveway. The white stones are dirty when you turn them over,
but they blend right back in after a good rain.
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