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imola ghost 10-31-2008 03:59 PM

Keeping grass & weeds from growing in an area around my house?
 
I've got a section about 16 in wide located right next to the house that I do not want anything to grow not even grass. How can I keep anything from growing there? I know I'll need to keep it edged.

I would also like to know if theres some natural way of removing and clearing of anything there? I pulled all of the grass and weeds but curious as to anything that can be made from materials around the house?

DangerMouse 10-31-2008 04:43 PM

if you rocksalt the area, just about nothing will grow there except asparagus.... dunno if this may damage foundation or anything though. Round-Up will do the weeds.... might be nicer to put down some black plastic and put rocks on it? maybe edging?

DM

concretemasonry 10-31-2008 05:01 PM

Get rid of the unwanted vegitation - grass and weeds.

Spry with roundup to kill things.

Cover with heavy black poly, install edging and mulch (chips, rock, etc.).

Carefully spray once or twice a year to kill the wind-borne seeds.

DangerMouse 10-31-2008 05:07 PM

yeah, what he said...

DM

downunder 11-01-2008 08:11 AM

"How can I keep anything from growing there?"

Several ways, depending on what your goal is. Is this "landscaping" in the traditional sense or do you just not want the grass to grow as close to the house, etc.? Permanent or how long?

Soil sterilant, usually intended for driveways, etc. will last six months to a year. You could mix that in a sprinkler can and put out a band just about the size of what you mentioned. Unless you would rather not use chemicals repeatedly.

Personally, I would go with the black plastic and mulch as already mentioned.

"I know I'll need to keep it edged."
A little more work up front, but if you will take a shovel and cut out a trench about three inches or so deep at the front edge before you put anything down, you will have a nice clean edge and whatever mulch you use will stay in the bed and not scatter onto the lawn area. In effect the front of the trench will serve as a retaining wall. Very little edging maintenance to do.

"Carefully spray once or twice a year to kill the wind-borne seeds."
CM,
Love me anyway but that is what they make pre-emergents for.


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