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Old 08-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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Landscaping along alleyway


I'm new to the forums and homeownership. I have a house adjacent to a paved alleyway. Currently, I have a chain link fence and some evergreens that act as a privacy screen. My issue is that debris accummulates on the alley side of my property line and causes all sorts of weeds to grow. I'm wondering if anyone has any good landscaping ideas for this situation that will keep weeds from growing on that side while also keeping my yard from flowing into the alley.

I should also mention that I am in Michigan and so any solution must contend with snow being piled along the fence line from the snow plows.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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Landscaping along alleyway

A physical break with something flush to the ground(bricks/edging) helps stop spread.

Periwinkle/vinca/whateveritscalled grows well in semi shade with water, looks good with evergreens and stone, and seems to slow down weed growth.
It will spill over onto the road a foot or so if not trimmed.

Multch would look nice for one year, but dissapear with the snowplow.

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:32 PM   #3
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Landscaping along alleyway

Thanks for the advice! So I should look into establishing some sort of physical barrier, like bricks or stones along the fence line? I'm hoping that once I de-weed what is there now, rainwater will flow down the alley and dirt won't get trapped along my property line so easily.
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