Lawn Care Forum banner

Hindsight is 20/20 - what do you recommend to keep back growth

227 Views 5 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  GCoco
I've put down fabric many times before, some times it has worked better than others. In my haste to be halfway done with the project, I just dropped mulch down on top of...if to say, flourishing grass/weeds. This area was the setting for 14 GG arbors and some accent plants.

The thought was that I would just spot treat with glypho, though now I'm scared straight of getting any on my lot of trees. (used 1gallon tank with a cone and smothered each area, then sprayed.) I can hand paint but, but maybe there's another way?

Do I rake back the mulch, lay fabric?
Just add more mulch? (it is a very thin layer, not even 1")

Growth through the mulch can get pretty nutty if I don't control it. This area is only a month old, and I've already spot treated initially, which is showing results in some areas.
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
What kind of weeds are you fighting? That weed fabric doesn鈥檛 stop things any more than mulch will, unless you use that heavy duty silt-fence material 馃槤. And even then you鈥檒l have things like nutsedge or Bermuda just grow underneath it until it finds a spot to poke through. Those weeds are impossible!
What kind of weeds are you fighting? That weed fabric doesn鈥檛 stop things any more than mulch will, unless you use that heavy duty silt-fence material 馃槤. And even then you鈥檒l have things like nutsedge or Bermuda just grow underneath it until it finds a spot to poke through. Those weeds are impossible!
Grass, chickweed, some poa, little bit of this and that. I swear, I can grow better grass where I try not to, than in some of my best attempts to. Crazy. (kidding, I've gotten pretty good over the years)

I have a love hate relationship with fabric. Looks like I'll be continuing down the same path of pulling, painting with glyphosate and continuing to add more mulch. Really didn't give myself a fighting chance as I could have at the least scalped the area.
  • Like
Reactions: 1
I don鈥檛 like the fabric in planting beds. It doesn鈥檛 do much in the long run. As the mulch breaks down, you end up with a layer of rich soil on top of the fabric, which still grows weeds just fine.

i just mulch and use a preemergent in the beds for weeds. Preen works ok.
Let it ride this sEason if you already got mulch down and spot spray carefully. It鈥檒l be a slog for sure but keep after it and the weed pressure will die off each time. Consistency is key. Take a few weeks off and you鈥檒l lose the battle鈥.been down that road MANY times 馃槀 As mentioned above preen helps but will wear off after a while and doesn鈥檛 keep everything at bay, but certainly helps. Good luck!
If you pull weeds every week, they will not go to seed and spread.
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top