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Old 07-12-2017, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Round-Up.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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Thanks for the feedback. So much confusion about this:

1. Every recommended product seem to have consumers complain about weed still penetrating
2. Unclear What's the standard for quality in this category
3. Sometimes for the same type, wider/longer package cost less.... not sure why.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Thanks for the feedback. So much confusion about this:

1. Every recommended product seem to have consumers complain about weed still penetrating
2. Unclear What's the standard for quality in this category
3. Sometimes for the same type, wider/longer package cost less.... not sure why.
Weeds penetrating is not a big issue. It is that weeds grow on top of it.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:35 AM
 
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^ +1. Experienced it my self, with really big weeds even.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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I cannot add more. After a few years the broken down mulch supports healthy weed growth, so you must spray anyway. Furthermore, the plants you planted will become stunted, unless you go back and cut the openings in the fabric bigger.

We ripped all ours out.
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Cardboard or newspaper works just as good (and doesn't have to be 'removed');re-layered every couple years - I just rake back the loose mulch, re-layer the cardboard or newspaper, then replace the mulch, with a little new mulch on top. Best part; it's free; which lets me spend the $ on nice cedar mulch and MORE PLANTS !!
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:11 AM
 
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^ nice idea. I need to try it. Maybe over the landscape fabric that's failed around shrubs.
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I second the cardboard method. I recently made two beds, I added nothing but mulch to the first one and now I'm plucking weeds out left and right. I tried the cardboard method on the second bed and it made a huge difference, weeds still sprout in the mulch from time to time, but they can't really root into the ground and become a problem, and they're easy to pluck out.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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This is what I have to deal with, folks. The vegetation is at least 2' tall, in some parts 3' tall. I am trying to create a trail and hope that it will not be overgrown for years.

I plan to weed-whack to the roots, then lay down a layer of weed barrier, then put stone slabs or pressure-treated 2x10 boards on top of it. Will this do it?

can you recommend the best weed barrier?-2b.jpg
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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I'd skip the barrier and just do the stones/wood. Plants won't go through that stuff, (don't laugh. Ever see a weed that poked through asphalt paving? I have), just around. If you string trim regularly, or use roundup periodically, on the stuff that comes up, you should see the weeds weakening with time as the plants weeaken.
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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I'd skip the barrier and just do the stones/wood. Plants won't go through that stuff, (don't laugh. Ever see a weed that poked through asphalt paving? I have), just around. If you string trim regularly, or use roundup periodically, on the stuff that comes up, you should see the weeds weakening with time as the plants weeaken.
I would hate for them to still come up between the cracks... it will be 250' of trail. Still a lot to weed.
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