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Old 02-27-2018, 02:26 AM
 
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I currently have dying grass and soil in my small 17x10 yard. I live in a townhome and I will be selling in a year. Most condos and TH near downtown where I live in Southern California do not have yards. I was wondering what are the pros and cons of organic mulch/ WOOD chips? It seems to be more affordable and less time consuming than artificial turf which is my other choice. It also seems to be less maintenance than grass and saves on water.
1. Can I just lay my mulch over my dead grass after putting down grass and weed killer?
2. How can I keep the grass and weeds away after mulch is layed?
3. I have a tree that small leaves constantly fall onto my yard. The leaves are hole puncher size, is there anyway I can manage this while keeping the look clean?
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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All you can do is put down weed fabric underneath the mulch. The little leaves can be sucked up with a blower/vac, I just bought a rechargeable one made by Greenworks that would work great for something like that.

Where I live it’s usually pretty moist, and a lot of mulch like that tends to produce stinkhorn fungus, which smells like a garbage dump. That probably wouldn’t be an issue in southern CA though.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:16 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Weed fabric is great, but you could also just lay down several layers of old newspaper or cardboard. It will block the light and keep the weeds from growing until it decomposes. Plan on adding more mulch/chips right before putting it on the market.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:47 AM
 
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1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Use a leaf blower

You can grow a lawn before you sell it. Just go to Lowe’s/ HD buy a bad of grass seeds, typically Kentucky Fescue, wet the ground and spread your seeds. You can buy reflective tapes to scare away the birds from eating your seeds.
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