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Old 02-21-2016, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I'm looking for something to kill the weeds in my driveway for good, haven't found anything to do it yet! They all seem to just kill the top and then it comes back! There has got to be something that will kill it for good! Will straight gas or whatever do it?
Mix a little diesel with that Ortho Ground Clear.

I just used that with some diesel in it on my driveway..gravel.

After 2 weeks I can see the difference. Bigger difference than when I used the Ortho last year by itself.

Takes a long time to permanently kill off stuff.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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I used to own a house with a huge backyard and my gardening = paying some guy to whippersnip, and wandering around once or twice a year with Roundup in between times, myself.


I dug up all the grass in my front yard and sprayed the heck out of it, then put down mulch and some shady growing plants - a huge hedge, a tree that sucked up all the light (this was intentional, its hot where I live), climbers, then mulch the heck out of the rest of it.
It was easy.

If you get mulch down, especially if you plant shady things, weeds just don't take and grass wont grow. The Plants overtake the weeds if you do it right. You might need to spray or pull the odd straggler, but I lived 25 years without Actually Gardening, and I had quite a nice garden, because I mulched and planted and paved. At a snails pace might I add, Im talking some pea straw once a year best.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:04 AM
 
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I can't imagine a worst thing than having bare ground with NOTHING growing on it. What would keep the dirt from blowing around in a strong breeze? Or from being a mud hole everytime it rained. It seems to me that your city would prefer that you just keep everything cut to a reasonable height.

I am curious as to why they don't want any grass or weeds.
It's an area under a deck, and the weeds and thorny plants just grow up through the deck. The previous owner had done nothing to stop this and the weeds had become inch-thick razor-sharp vines that pried the boards apart and ruined the deck in some places.

So ... there are places where it would be nice to just permanently poison the soil. I'm wondering if salt the cheapest and best option. I don't want to pay $30 for a solution that only works for 6 months...
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Old 06-05-2016, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Haven't read the entire thread but I'm sure by now somebody has told you to use vinegar. Oh how that old saw goes around! Sure strong vinegar will kill top growth but does not touch the root. Don't fall for that.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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It's an area under a deck, and the weeds and thorny plants just grow up through the deck. The previous owner had done nothing to stop this and the weeds had become inch-thick razor-sharp vines that pried the boards apart and ruined the deck in some places.

So ... there are places where it would be nice to just permanently poison the soil. I'm wondering if salt the cheapest and best option. I don't want to pay $30 for a solution that only works for 6 months...
You want a totally impermeable layer.
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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It's an area under a deck, and the weeds and thorny plants just grow up through the deck. The previous owner had done nothing to stop this and the weeds had become inch-thick razor-sharp vines that pried the boards apart and ruined the deck in some places.

So ... there are places where it would be nice to just permanently poison the soil. I'm wondering if salt the cheapest and best option. I don't want to pay $30 for a solution that only works for 6 months...


Can you get under there to put down the black fabric covering that you can find in 50 ft. rolls at Lowe's, Home Depot, garden shops etc. ? Then put the mulch or stones on top of it.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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In our area of the city, we cannot put anything in the environment i.e. ground etc. that will harm the water supply, air, or other life sustainable developments. Even flushing medications down the waste pipes are prohibited.
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:11 PM
 
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Thanks for both responses. We poured the Roundup 6 months ago but it came back. It would be too much work to do the cardboard mulch.
Why do you want to make any area completely sterile ?


Use RoundUp whenever necessary and stay away from anything so toxic that kills grass and weeds forever.
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Old Yesterday, 11:23 AM
 
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I, too, am looking for ways to completely kill my grass. Lawns are stupid! Any new ideas out there?
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Old Yesterday, 11:29 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I, too, am looking for ways to completely kill my grass. Lawns are stupid! Any new ideas out there?
Do you know anyone who has a ton of pine needles? Nothing survives pine needle mulch.
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