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Old 07-10-2019, 08:22 AM   #1
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Preventing plants from growing


We have a small gravel parking lot off our driveway that gets weeds and stuff growing on it. I can kill the weeds with Roundup or similar, but what's the best way (short of paving) that will prevent weeds from growing in the future? Salting the ground?
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:36 AM   #2
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Read that bottle of Round Up you have been using where it says active ingredient.
Unless your using Round Up 365 there going to keep coming back.
This is what I use and it kills everything for a year.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/RM43-1-G...gB6Q&gclsrc=ds
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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Thanks. Looking for something semi-permanent, not annual.
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Try a pre-emergent herbicide. That will prevent seeds from growing. I've used Barricade. It is supposed to be used twice a year however I put it out once in the yard years ago and just this year, maybe 8/10 years later, had dandelions come up in the yard.
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Rent a soil compactor and compact the hell out of the ground. No need to remove the gravel before doing the compaction.



There are logging skid roads from the 1890's in California that are still plant free thanks to the intense soil compaction that occurred.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:51 AM   #6
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Well, I had some snow salt left over from the winter, so I spread some of it over the weeds in the gravel. Watered it down a little with the hose to dissolve some of it right away. Also, it rained quite a bit the past few days. Weeds are already turning brown. Assuming they stay that way and go away, I may have to get some more salt.
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Well, I had some snow salt left over from the winter, so I spread some of it over the weeds in the gravel. Watered it down a little with the hose to dissolve some of it right away. Also, it rained quite a bit the past few days. Weeds are already turning brown. Assuming they stay that way and go away, I may have to get some more salt.
Salt can be good, as long you keep applying it, and as long you don't have salt-resistant weeds. If you're inland from the sea, it can work well.

By the beach, though, you'll have to deal with salt tolerant plants.

I'm assuming you're inland.
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Salt didn't work for me, I put 120 pounds on our back fence row and the grass there is actually greener. It did kill the running roses and some vines but Polk Salad and grass it didn't touch.
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I'm assuming you're inland.
Yup. Nearest seawater is 25 miles away (although there may be some brackish nearer).
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There are chemicals called "soil sterilants" which kill everything, sometimes for a long while, which are somewhat popular out here, in large part because we don't get a lot of rain (most of the time) which tends to wash them away after a while.

Here's a link that gives a bit of a lowdown, note that it's from the University of Nevada. (I was startled at how many people didn't know that Nevada had a university.) http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications...011/fs1159.pdf

The bottom line, is apply with care, and be very very careful what you wish for; as the Great Gazoo once said, "You may get it."
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