Have I made a mistake....weed barrier + ground cover

cannedamMay 15, 2008

I have a small side-yard. It runs up along the side of my drive way and then my house and is about 4' wide, 70-some feet long. My neighbor on the other side of this strip does not believe in mowing his grass, weeding, etc. So my little side strip is NOTHING but weeds, with a few struggling bits of grass. Since my side of this strip is brick and his side of this strip is concrete, I figure it's a great spot for ground covers. So we dug out the grass/weeds, rototilled and then put down landscape fabric. Through this I cut holes and planted many many plugs of Ajuga.

Is the weed barrier going to prevent the Ajuga from spreading and filling in the area?

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It will grow but not fill in because it replacates by rooting stolons so remove the weed barrier and use mulch, bark preferably, to keep the weeds down and even if they grow they will be easily removed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 8:43AM
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You think it'll work if I score the heck out of the weed barrier between and around the plants with a box cutter aka carpet knife? There are areas where there are still very strong weed roots that I couldn't get out (next to the neighbor's concrete edging.) I'm thinking leave the barrier intact just along that edge and score the heck out of the rest, covering it with mulch too.


Here's my weed strip before I put down the weed barrier and planted the ajuga:

You can see on the right-hand side how big & strong the weeds are.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 9:39AM
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Just a warning about that fabric. Weeds will make their way through it. And then you can't pull them because they get stuck in the fabric. Poison ivy, raspberry, virginia creeper are especially tough to get at through this fabric. Your area isn't very large so you can probably stay on top of it. I think if you slash the fabric you will be defeating the purpose. You could use ten sheets of newspaper under mulch. That will kill what's there, but will biodegrade. And you can replace it whenever you put on more mulch.

I have an area 12-15 feet deep by 200 feet wide, installed by a previous owner. The area was neglected and I'm slowly restoring it. Just to add to the fun, red stones cover the fabric in between blue rug juniper and myrtle, instead of mulch. And it's a slope, so at the bottom of the slope there are over 8 inches of stones that have washed down.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 9:50PM
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