On Friday, July 6, 2018 at 6:34:41 PM UTC+1, Scott wrote:
Old carpets work, so does concrete.
A fabric and chips needs an annual application of weed killer, I would skip the fabric: seeds will come in from above.
Mulching makes the weeds easy to pull out, but provides them nutrients to grow well.
Forget vinegar etc.
There is no easy solution.
I have a patch of clover that I have sown, 15m by 15, it does out compete most weeds, but I have pulled weeds out of it too.
No precise measurements, I'm afraid.
Lots of vinegar, a scoop or two of salt, and a handful of borax.
My mother liked to boil the vinegar, then mix in the salt and borax, and
use it while as hot as possible. She had a lovely garden, and no, small
quantities of borax, soaked into the soil, are unlikely to have any ill
effects on dogs.
Vinegar works well on the leaves and shallow rooted weeds. Weeds with
deep tap roots will need repeated doses of vinegar when the leaves start
emerging again after a week or so.
Some weed leaves (those with fine hairs) can shed water or vinegar and
so straight vinegar doesn't always work. A wetting agent such as a drop
of washing up liquid may help in these circumstances.
Buy the cheapest vinegar you can find. I paid around £4 for a 5L carton
the last time and that was from a supermarket not noted for the cheapest
of prices - a Co-op in a rural location. I would also advise if going
down this route get one of those cheap pump up garden sprayers. If its
only a small area recycle one of those hand spray bottles used for
kitchen or bathroom cleaners.
On 07/07/18 01:46, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Nope. All you're doing by mowing is removing top growth. True, there are
some trees and shrubs which will eventually give up if continually cut
back while young (when older all you are doing is coppicing them), but
most plants respond with enhanced growth, especially if there are good
reserves in their roots. A large number of native, low-growing plants
evolved to avoid grazing, and do pretty well. And, let's face it, mowing
is just speeded-up grazing.
Covering with a light-proof membrane of some sort will work. But if you
have plants with an extensive root system which can be fed by growth
outside of the blackout area, well, all bets are off. And don't forget
the seeds which will be exposed once the membrane is removed...
I had a rose patch plus weeds, dug everything out, left a month then
used glyphosate for any new weeds. Membrane from ebay then phoned a
tree surgeon and got 1.5 tons of wood chip for £25. covered the lot. I
just get the odd weed at the edges that glyphosate takes care of.
Bark is better for mulching but the wood chips are fine for me. I put an
apple tree in the middle of it to take away the bare look.
So far so good.
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