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Old 02-24-2019, 08:52 AM   #1
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Prepping Large Area for Slate Chips and Plants


We're doing some xeriscaping inside the half circle of our driveway. The area is completely cut off from the rest of the yard and street. We're about to use a sod cutter to remove all the top level grass and weeds, then we plan on doing some minor grading with a mini steer bucket (or having a neighbor come by with his tractor). After this is done, there won't be much left except the dirt, which since we live in Georgia, most will likely be red clay.

Once this prep work is complete we plan on putting in plants and slate chips. Most of our plants will be cacti, sedums, and flowers. I have a few questions on how best to prep this area.

First, should we plan on putting in any sort of weed barrier? It's a large enough area that will require some regular maintenance. We don't want to be de-weeding all the time. We're thinking of avoiding the weed barrier because it will keep us from adding more plants later easily, and in some cases we want plants to self-propagate.

Second, if we don't put in a weed barrier, what will keep the rocks from getting dirty? About 80% of this space is on a slight slope, then there's a more significant slope at the end, where it meets the street (about 6-7 feet).

For reference I've attached an example of something similar to what we want this area to look like.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:19 AM   #2
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First, should we plan on putting in any sort of weed barrier? It's a large enough area that will require some regular maintenance. We don't want to be de-weeding all the time.
Ayuh,..... Regardless of whether you use fabric, or not, weed seeds blow in everyday, 'n when they get wet, they're gonna sprout,.....

If you use fabric, 'n wish to plant something new, you pull back the chips, cut the fabric, 'n plant,....
If you want a plant to spread, pull back the chips, 'n cut back the fabric,.....
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If you don't put something down over the dirt, the dirt and rocks will eventually no longer be separated from each other.
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Is there something we can put over the dirt that will still allow pants to grow through?
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No. Bondo laid it out for you in his post.
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