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Old 08-24-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Bought my home 1 year back....noticed that the earth on the right side of the home slopes slightly towards the house itself. I just finished tearing up my entire basement by removing all the old 60s/70s wood panelling and old ceiling tiles. I Inspected the walls and noticed a few spots where water had penetrated thru in the past. We've had some crazy rainfalls in the last month or so and have not noticed a single wet/damp area (thank god for that) which leaves me to think the old water marks were a problem of the past and most likely repaired somehow by the previous home owners.....

However, even though I do not notice any more moisture issues in the basement I still want to do the right thing and regrade away from the home. All downspouts are directed a fair distance way from the home already and shouldnt be an issue.

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Is there any "landscaping felt" (so i am told it is called) that actually works to prevent weeds/ grass from penetrating thru.

Not only to I want to regrade the right side but I am also thinking of compacting it down afterwards with a thin layer of finely crushed stone then a few decorative patio stones leading towards the back of the home and surrounding them with 3/4 crushed stone in between to make it an accessible walkway.

I know people who have spent $100+ at home depot for "landscapers felt" that had covered a small 3ft x 10ft area only to have tonnes of weeds/ grass pop thru the very next year.

Any info on what brand of landscapers felt would be greatly appreciated...... or if there is any other type product reccommeded.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:25 AM   #2
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Debris, dirt, grass clippings etc just build up on the felt/fabric over the years and provide an area for weeds to grow. You simply have to maintain it. I would definetly use it under landscape stone. My thinking is it is easier to keep the stone/dirt seperate in case you change the design later.

I would suggest that each spring you sprinkle some "Preen" into the stone to prevent the germination of weeds. Some Preen and spot weeding should keep the labor of weeding to a minimum.

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Nature will not be denied. ANY solution, including dropping concrete 6 feet deep, will NOT prevent weeds.

For our landscaping, we used good quality landscaping fabric, with 2" of river rock on top. It does a pretty good job of preventing weeds. As the other poster said, small amounts of dirt will gather on top of the fabric and give the weeds a foothold. They will develop small roots that pass through the fabric into the ground below. The weeds are extremely easy to pull up at this point. We weed our landscaping 1x a week or so, and it doesn't look bad at all.
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Just like Moondawg says, ' Nature will not be denied. ANY solution, including dropping concrete 6 feet deep, will NOT prevent weeds.'
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I just redid an area & used my old winter cover for the pool
Cut & folded over a few times...rocks on top
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Debris, dirt, grass clippings etc just build up on the felt/fabric over the years and provide an area for weeds to grow. You simply have to maintain it. I would definetly use it under landscape stone. My thinking is it is easier to keep the stone/dirt seperate in case you change the design later.

I would suggest that each spring you sprinkle some "Preen" into the stone to prevent the germination of weeds. Some Preen and spot weeding should keep the labor of weeding to a minimum.

Good idea in keeping dirt seperate from stone b/c I eventually (one day) would like to go ahead and redo my flower beds in front of the home and design a "nicer" walkway commencing from the front of the home right around towards the rear with a new pressure treated fence along side of the home. However, definetley dont have the funds for that project right now...alot of other more important things on the go.

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