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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 t… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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what size area are we talking?
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You could use a mesh layer covered with gravel/ pebbles.
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I'm not a keen gardner, however I am experienced in killing weeds.

You need a systemic killer, that is sprayed on the leaves, and that works down the plant's system and kills it at its very core. So you don't uproot, dig or pull anything. You spray and wait 2weeks for them to die. And boy, do they die.

Tumbleweed is one commercially availble one, but my contract gardner uses (and highly recommends) All Clear. It's more expensive than Tumbleweed but it is very effective.

If you're serious about this, go and buy a high-pressure tank (get one with a red top so that you always know it has weedkiller and not a nutrient in it). They come with a lance and a funnel for the end of the lance that allows you to spray close to the ground without the wind carrying the overspray to areas you don't want killed.

The way to avoid the weeds coming back is to lay Mypex sheets down. This is porous and allows rainfall through to the soil but is black and opaque and nothing grows underneath it, unless you plant through holes in the material. You can use bark to cover the Mypex so that it doesn't look like industrial sheeting.
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I had a patch like that and I ended up covering it with black plastic for a few months and they all died.
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I moved into a 1st floor flat. no more gardening
#6
radiocde
I moved into a 1st floor flat. no more gardening
Better to lay down some Mypex on the floor just in case. :p
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harlzter
what size area are we talking?


About 2m by about 3m.
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Afterburner
I'm not a keen gardner, however I am experienced in killing weeds.

You need a systemic killer, that is sprayed on the leaves, and that works down the plant's system and kills it at its very core. So you don't uproot, dig or pull anything. You spray and wait 2weeks for them to die. And boy, do they die.

Tumbleweed is one commercially availble one, but my contract gardner uses (and highly recommends) All Clear. It's more expensive than Tumbleweed but it is very effective.

If you're serious about this, go and buy a high-pressure tank (get one with a red top so that you always know it has weedkiller and not a nutrient in it). They come with a lance and a funnel for the end of the lance that allows you to spray close to the ground without the wind carrying the overspray to areas you don't want killed.

The way to avoid the weeds coming back is to lay Mypex sheets down. This is porous and allows rainfall through to the soil but is black and opaque and nothing grows underneath it, unless you plant through holes in the material. You can use bark to cover the Mypex so that it doesn't look like industrial sheeting.


rosie2008
I had a patch like that and I ended up covering it with black plastic for a few months and they all died.


Excellent - so, fun chemicals and black plastic it is. Cheers, and consider yourselves rep'd :thumbsup:

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