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Old 11-01-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Planter Beds: How to ensure NOTHING grows?


TL:DR - What's the cheapest/most efficient way to turn ~60sqft of un-raised flower beds into a maintenance free barren zone? I want to turn the backyard into a "mow only" space.

I've neglected my back yard for the entire growing season for the 2nd straight year due to higher priorities. My current plan is to dig up 2" of soil, lay .5mil black plastic sheeting down, and put down river stone/marble chip from Home Depot.

I live in a city so 2 sides of my yard are buildings and 1 is a fence to my neighbor's 90% weed lawn. Thanks to the two buildings and the constant light wind I get every single weed seed blown from all my neighbors onto my lawn/planters.
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I'm confused by your question. Do you want a "mow only" yard, or something you don't have to maintain at all?
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Do NOT put down rock if your hoping for no maintenance. I don't care what you put under it, weeds still grow.

The seeds blow into the rocks...then grow up from there. They are not growing under the rocks.
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Un-"bed" the area and lay sod? Or is there something besides the bed separating it from the rest of the yard?
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