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Old 04-27-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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I currently live in a townhouse and the drainage in my backyard is non-existent. I am fed up with the mud and as a result, I would like to get rid of the messiest grassy part of the backyard and replace it with rocks. Does anyone have good instructions on how to go about doing this? The last thing I would want is to have weeds and grass continue to grow after I've put the rocks down. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I currently live in a townhouse and the drainage in my backyard is non-existent. I am fed up with the mud and as a result, I would like to get rid of the messiest grassy part of the backyard and replace it with rocks. Does anyone have good instructions on how to go about doing this? The last thing I would want is to have weeds and grass continue to grow after I've put the rocks down. Thanks for any help you can give me.
You might want to pray it with something to kill the grass first. I think that would help in the long run but some folks don't like to use those types of products. Whatever you do, be sure to lay down a week barrier under the rocks. That really helps. You may have a problem with the grade of your yard and if so, you willneed to work on that first. You don;t want the water to all pool around your foundation.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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Default Landscaping with Rocks

I had the same concern about a couple of years ago. I spread garbage bags on the grass held it down with rocks and bought small stone pebbles and scattered around the rocks. Since then there has been no grass around the rocks. I didn't use a weed killer since I never found those products to be helpful. It just takes time for these rocks to blend in with the natural environment. If anyone else has any suggestions to get rid of grass I would appreciate their info.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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You could transplant our yard to yours - we've spend a fortune and can't get grass to grow (found out from an old-timer that our house area used to be a rock quarry back in the day).

Anyway, I've read to use layers of newspaper, more environmentally friendly than chemicals.

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I had the same concern about a couple of years ago. I spread garbage bags on the grass held it down with rocks and bought small stone pebbles and scattered around the rocks. Since then there has been no grass around the rocks. I didn't use a weed killer since I never found those products to be helpful. It just takes time for these rocks to blend in with the natural environment. If anyone else has any suggestions to get rid of grass I would appreciate their info.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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Have you tried a "French Drain"? Is there a place for the water to run off too?
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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We used the black cloth and lanscaped part of our yard with the large 57 gravel. Looks awesome and the yard drains nicely. No more puddles or muddy areas. We took the graveled area and made it our fire pit party place. So much easier to keep up.
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