I have a patch of weeds in my garden that borders on my neighbour's garden, and it has to go. Trouble is, I don't know how.
Years ago, it was a productive strawberry patch. It was great. One year though, it just changed from being a neat little strawberry patch into a foul, skanky weed patch. I tried to fight it. I cut everything down, dug it up, pulled roots out, hit things with spades, that sort of thing. I cleared the soil, but the weeds returned within a couple of months. And then I repeated. And again. And again. No matter what I do with my spade, fork, and rake, nothing stops the weeds.
Now, I think it's time that the proverbial gloves come off, and the lead-lined gloves and hazmat suit get put on. I want to obliterate this patch, and damage it so bad that nothing ever grows again, except for in a couple of months, when I want to plant the various seedlings currently in my growhouses out. I appreciate that this isn't a lot of time and if needs be, I will skip this season, but I would like to use the patch for good purposes this year.
I don't want to spend a lot of money, and I'm a little unsure of using chemicals or fire on the patch. What I'd like to do would be to empty a kilo of salt over the patch, soak it in with the hosepipe, leave it for a week to kill everything, and then tuse the hosepipe on the soil again to flood it and dilute and flush the salt away. Would this work? My weed patch is in a foot-deep depression relative to my neighbour's grass, and is about 20" away from it horizontally. I know there are bark chippings as well, but are they effective at stopping already-established weeds?
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be interested to hear them. Cheers!