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Old 07-12-2022, 05:46 AM
 
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Lucky! I gave it two years and gave up. I had gotten my bags at Agway. Maybe I'll try again if we have a spring that starts when it's supposed to!




I've gotten plenty of small sunflowers
I think you can plant them in early spring in cold areas. I put mine out in March. I have a few areas where I put them and two in the front only had one set of seeds planted. One half the yard has a lot of flowers and the other half has none right now even though it got annuals last year. I will probably need to try again with a different type of seeds next year. The good thing about them is that a bag usually costs less than a single plant, so even if you only have so-so luck, it is still cheaper than buying plants that die.
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Old 07-12-2022, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Roundup!
This is what I was going to say. When you till weeds with stolons you just make a million more weeds. There is nothing wrong with using a herbicide according to directions.

Fabric has its place, but it’s not forever. Silt and mulch that collects on top of it will still get weed growth. I would rather skip the fabric and go with only mulch. Pre emergent really does help, but then using seeds is out.

I’m not sure if OP has a lot of sun in the area, but he could try some spreading (climbing) rose bushes. Mine thrive with no care and make a mat of flowers all summer. Nothing really grows through it.

https://www.gardenia.net/plants/plan...undcover-roses
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:14 PM
 
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This is what I was going to say. When you till weeds with stolons you just make a million more weeds. There is nothing wrong with using a herbicide according to directions.

Fabric has its place, but it’s not forever. Silt and mulch that collects on top of it will still get weed growth. I would rather skip the fabric and go with only mulch. Pre emergent really does help, but then using seeds is out.

I’m not sure if OP has a lot of sun in the area, but he could try some spreading (climbing) rose bushes. Mine thrive with no care and make a mat of flowers all summer. Nothing really grows through it.

https://www.gardenia.net/plants/plan...undcover-roses
It's full southern exposure except for the shade from that damn mulberry behind it.

LOVE the rose idea!! How are the thorns? Do the plants stay low and are they easily maintained?


When I bought the house there were 60' of a rose hedge in that area that I kept trimmed. Maybe I shouldn't have trimmed them. The thorns were brutal and it was impossible to bag them. I had to drive around the block and ask permission to trim the backside from the two houses behind me. I had them all removed a few years later.
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Old 07-13-2022, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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It's full southern exposure except for the shade from that damn mulberry behind it.

LOVE the rose idea!! How are the thorns? Do the plants stay low and are they easily maintained?


When I bought the house there were 60' of a rose hedge in that area that I kept trimmed. Maybe I shouldn't have trimmed them. The thorns were brutal and it was impossible to bag them. I had to drive around the block and ask permission to trim the backside from the two houses behind me. I had them all removed a few years later.
The thorns are brutal. It’s something you just look at. You must buy the right kind of rose bushes that stay under 2’ or so, so you wouldn’t need to prune them. The downside is they are deciduous so they’d be bare in the winter.
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Old 07-14-2022, 04:54 AM
 
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The thorns are brutal. It’s something you just look at. You must buy the right kind of rose bushes that stay under 2’ or so, so you wouldn’t need to prune them. The downside is they are deciduous so they’d be bare in the winter.
Oh no! I can't go back to brutal thorns. I still have a random one that popped up in my privet hedge. I'm in CT so everything is dormant in the winter anyway
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Old 07-23-2022, 01:35 PM
 
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Last year I replaced the wooden logs around flower beds with cement blocks from Menards.
As a result, no more weeding. I use mulch, (and plastic mesh in two beds), of course.
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