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Low maintenance gardening advice

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by 7up4it, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. 7up4it

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    Hi,

    Big job broke out, and that's putting it mildly!

    I have a fairly big back garden 125 foot long or so and we have decided to make it low maintenance, me & Mrs 7up4it both work full time & two kids to entertain as well, so you get the idea lots of coloured gravel, bark etc.
    Question is what is the best method of ensuring the current grass, weed etc doesn't rear it's ugly head again through the black sheeting membrane we have just bought from B&Q.
    Do I have to remove the turf completely i.e. lots of back breaking digging & not to mention the cost of hiring a skip! Or can I use a strong weed killer first? :confused:
    I dont want to do it half cocked then have to constantly be weeding as the garden is just too big!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :lease:

    Cheers

    John
     
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    I reckon that the weed/grass killer and black membrane combination would probably suffice. I know that the membrane that I have put down has totally stopped all weeds from growing in my garden.

    We used the same membrane when we built our decking and have never seen a single bit of green appear from under it.

    If you did want to remove the turf, then you could hire a rotivator (spelling?) that cut long strips of your turf into about 50cm wide strips which you could then dig up and dispose of, but I'm not sure if this would be necessary.

    I would say to make sure that the membrane overlaps itself, and stays securely in place, as I have found that over the years it seems to move about of its own accord - exposing gaps for the nasty weeds to find!
     
  3. 7up4it

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    Hi MRW,

    Thanks for the advice it really has put my mind at ease :smashin:

    I just want it to stop raining now :rolleyes:

    Kind regards

    John
     
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    I'd agree with the advice given. Dont bother rotovating unlees you need to lower the level of the site. Just use something like Pathclear which lasts about six months and then lay your membrane.Might be a good idea to put a double membrane as I have seen instances of weeds growing through some of them.If you use woodchip or bark it will replenishing every so often.The membrane I use is a landscaping one and has a sheen to it.The matt one is not so good. Coloured gravels tend to be more expensive than shingle . If you choose the latter I'd opt for the 20mm as cats tend to use 10 mm as a litter tray( easier to paw to one side). They dont like walking on coloured gravel either because its sharper.

    Good luck!
     
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    Speaking form bitter experience, it doesn't matter what you do. Even with rotovating, weed killing and black membrane, the little b*stards are still appearing through our shingle again 2 years later.

    Go for the easiest route and just be prepared to have to spray weedkiller over the whole lot every few months...............
     
  7. Chris Muriel

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    With apologies to the old song "English Country Garden" :

    Buy a ton of broken bricks, half a ton of ready-mix
    Lay it and let them harden.
    I contemplate a concrete estate -
    Not an English country garden.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    I would agree with the 20mm pebble size as it does stop the cats from crapping in it. I have used this as a base throughout the garden as it cheap and then dotted some of the more expensive coloured stuff around in patches, it works quite well on my small garden.
    The other option of course is to get a gardner to mow your lawns and then the kids still have somewhere to run around and kick a ball on.
     
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    Hi JohnG,

    A gardener? dont let the wife hear that! or she will want a cook, nanny, chauffeur etc :D

    Anyway the miserable old git next door will find something to complain about the second my kids step foot outside the door, so if the ball goes over his side he won't let them have it back! I've had to go round on the bounce a couple of times to recover items that have "damaged his property" (Not) he is a horrible man.
    I am a placid man by nature, but if you upset/threaten my kids (or the wife!) you have made an enemy for life :mad:
     
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    Gravel Rocks!! :smashin:
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    The Coarser The Better
     
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    One mistake you shouldn't do: put black membrane down an then put a thin layer of compost on top to stop the gravel from sliding and moving over the membrane... :rolleyes: No need to say that weeds appear then.
    Use sand.

    Also choose a membrane that lets the water through unles syou feel like having soil that's rock hard within a few months (and can't dig a hole to plant anything later on).
     

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