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Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 22, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #7988948

I came back from vaca to find a bed that had never had weeds before ONE FOOT high in SOLID weeds...! I'm trying to weed it, but it's taking ages to do and cover with mulch (Texas hardwood mulch I get at Home Depot). Has anyone ever just pulled most of the weeds and covered the stubs up with thick mulch? I'm almost willing to try that as the bed is 5'wide and about 30 feet long!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #7989258

Yikes! That's a big job. Honestly, I think the weeds would grow right through the mulch. Can you put down black plastic, on top of the weeds, for a few weeks - just to kill the weeds?
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2010
5:12 AM

Post #7990181

Thanks...actually, I had a similar thought last night. I'm pulling most of the weeds, then gonna place black plastic garbage bags down...then the mulch! But I did one section with thick mulch WITHOUT the bags...that will make a nice comparison for the record!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2010
5:31 AM

Post #7990217

Good idea. While we wait for the weed barrier to arrive for the vegetable garden we put down some black trash bags anchored with bricks so it will be quick and easy to move when the weed cloth arrives.
merrymath
Morrisville, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2010
5:24 PM

Post #8110532

Why not use cardboard (its free) under the mulch?
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2012
9:17 PM

Post #9040496

Update: No more weeds!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
6:12 AM

Post #9040754

Great news! Was there any one method that worked better or were they all equal?
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2012
11:21 PM

Post #9050958

I used black plastic trash bags, (not torn open, so the plastic was doubled).
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9051123

Thanks!
Goober_Fairy
Smiths, AL

April 8, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9476565

Lol just found this page
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2013
8:38 PM

Post #9522203

Cardboard works, also layers of newspaper. The advantage is that it breaks down and later you can plant without having to remove it.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2013
2:08 AM

Post #9522309

Ditto to the above.


pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2013
6:31 AM

Post #9522508

I've used cardboard with great success and it's well worth checking out the various cardboard available (here) at the front (inside) of some big box stores. The boxes that hold heavy liquid items (Ensure, Clorox, etc.) take forever to cut through with a utility knife but the cardboard strength is exceptional.
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9652879

My latest project involved having two dump truck loads of dirt dumped right over St. Augustine grass into a berm. (I would have removed the grass but my husband didn't want me to...I think he thought I'd remove the grass and then not finish the project!) I then planted over 100 plants, placed Home Depot's professional grade black barrier cloth, and then HEAVILY mulched it all--100 bags!! There have been less than 10 weeds on the berm...guess it worked!

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