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Re: Plant Thugs

I've used both the cloth you get at Home Depot or Wal-Mart or most retail nurseries and the really heavy duty stuff that nurseries use in their container plant areas. Big difference. With both, I treated the areas with two applications of Roundup--to make sure the vegetation was truly dead--before tacking down the cloth.

One area is the front patio, that I then covered with those cheapie 18" by 18" concrete pavers with cypress bark mulch as grout. The second area is a walk that is made of miscellaneous concrete and clay pavers with small sea shells as grout; it also has a patch that is only small sea shells. The third area is a rather large bed where my 30-gallon pots of pineapples and sundry other stuff are located. I have a 3" thick layer of cypress bark mulch on top of the cloth and the pots and stuff on top of the mulch.

What I found was that weeds seeded them self in the grout. They didn't come up through the cloth. But they definitely try to put their roots down through it.

On Monday, September 13, 2004, at 02:32 PM, Donna wrote:

silly me thought landscaping cloth would help under pea gravel
paths/sitting areas in my yard...(none where plants are). I really think
the above mentioned areas are my best seeding beds :( I had asome
misconception that the landscaping cloth would keep the weeds out of the
path... ha!


Amen!!!...but I refuse to resort to landscaping cloth, so...

 I spend more time weeding out stuff that comes
back seems I never have a chance to just enjoy the garden anymore...
really aggravating at times.


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27.0 N, 82.4 W
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Minimum 30 F [-1 C]

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