walkway through bermuda grass?

xillJuly 14, 2011

hello all, i'd like to create a walkway in my yard around some of the gardens, but i'm pretty sure i have a bermuda grass lawn (and if i dont i soon will because all my neighbors have it). short of pouring concrete, what can i do? i had originally thought of cutting out the sod about 6-8" down, laying down thick mil plastic and covering with pea gravel and large pavers. this will keep the grass out of my walkway for sure, but i fear it would create serious drainage problems when it rains and probably wash away all my gravel. i could kill the bermuda grass in that area, but its hardly worth the time and work knowing that it will just creep right back in. what is another type of walkway i could use? will pavers and paver sand do a good job of keeping the grass from popping through too much? thanks

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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

What sort of traffic is going to use the walkway?
Feet? Wheels? Crutches? Walkers?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 6:25PM
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just my own two feet. i could keep it as grass but i just dont see the point of watering, fertilizing, and mowing a 2-3 ft strip. this is basically an access path for me to walk along and kneel on when i need to weed or prune my shrubs and flowers. it will be in my front yard which receives virtually no traffic since we all spend our outdoor time in the fenced-in backyard. theres also two mulberry trees in my front yard which in 2 years will be much larger. since they drop berries and leaves once a year, my idea of pea gravel might not be a good one when its time to clean up. so i'm thinking large pavers now which i can sweep clean, but i still need a substrate between the pavers besides having to pour concrete. i guess im hoping theres a more effective solution to using landscape fabric (bermuda grass just laughs at that stuff). anyone have a better idea?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 7:26PM
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Ugh! I do hate bermuda....... this is the one thing I use chemicals on. It's the only thing Ive found that works, but even with Roundup you have to spray every couple weeks for about two years if it is really established. First I would dig out as much as you can and throw away all the pieces of roots and leaves. Then do the spraying. The problem with plastic and rocks is that the roots are really strong and will break thru your barrier.... sorry I cant be more encouraging.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 2:03AM
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What you describe will NOT keep out the bermuda.

You need solid concrete.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 8:26PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Bermuda will even grow right over solid concrete unless you keep it trimmed back.

The best way is to keep fighting all the bermuda that gets into your yard.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 1:42PM
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Hello. Red clover is very effective at crowding out Bermuda grass; its roots are even denser so it takes over. Get some red clover seeds and disperse over your Bermuda. The red clover can be trimmed like any other lawn and most people find it more comfortable to walk on than Bermuda. Another benefit is that the flowers are very attractive to pollinators, so if you let it bloom your vegetables/flowers/trees will benefit.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 6:10PM
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