Killing/Blocking a LARGE area of weeds

jlt19April 29, 2010

There's an area that used to house an above ground pool in our backyard. We eventually want to pour a patio on half and leave the other have to put in a swingset and mulch I guess-who knows. But that's not in the budget this summer b/c of a new baby coming in June.

During the winter it's nothing but dirt, rocks and sand.

Over the summer last year, the entire area became an overgrown jungle. I'm talking over 3ft high weeds, in a 60*20 foot area (probably bigger).

When that finally got out of control, we used an entire gallon of Round up and it killed it all and we spent weekends pulling it all up.

Now, the weeds are starting to grow again. Not NEARLY as bad yet-we can't let it get that bad again. I can't pull the weeds either with my big belly in the way. I've tried using vinegar mixtures, but it barely kills the weeds and they still keep growing.

What can I do? I can't put those weed blocker tarps down b/c I have 3 large dogs that I cannot keep out of that area and their nails will rip it up.

Is there an effective way to kill weeds for good? We just don't have the time/money to pour the patio this year with the baby coming.

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First you have to identify the weeds before knowing what if anything to apply. Rather than allowing them to grow so tall either mow or weedeat them before they get that tall and have seeds.

You also do not want to be near any weed killing chemicals until the baby is here because of posible damage to the baby. So identify, mow until after baby arrives, then see what is needed. I would be very worried about the baby as it gets older being injured by falling on the rocks.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 10:52PM
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There is nothing that will kill "weeds" for good because plants produce seeds that land on areas where those seeds germinate and grow and become the "weeds" we all love to hate. Your current means of control is limited to mowing to aid in keeping those unwanted plants from producing the seeds that will become more of those plants.
As you have found those very expensive "weed" killers do not and thye have the potential of not only greatly harming your environment but you and your baby.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 7:58AM
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Thanks-that's a good idea. The baby won't be around the rocks, next summer we'll either pour a patio or lay pavers on one side and keep her off the other side. Eventually we'll get rid of all the rocks there too, tarp it and cover it in mulch for a play area.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 7:59AM
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Lay a giant tarp down to kill the weeds off. This works guaranteed.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 12:33PM
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