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Weed Proof Garden Paths

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kathaleen01-Jun-04 09:03 PM EST 3   
GardenGnome02-Jun-04 01:13 PM EST 6a   
kathaleen02-Jun-04 04:25 PM EST 3   

Subject: Weed Proof Garden Paths
From: kathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 01-Jun-04 09:03 PM EST

I have a path area that came with our house garden , which is crushed gravel/rock - which ranges from very fine to coarse. There is landscape fabric barrier between this and underlying sand. The problem is this gravel path is ( growing from this gravel not from the underlying landscape fabric )filled with grass and weeds annually (more and more) - and i have used Round UP/ weeded/ sifted gravel and to no avail. What can I do to get rid of the weeds? Or what can I use as a new path / more weed proof material? Any ideas?

Any ideas on what to put in the perennial beds to surpress weeds?? What do you think of very fine sawdust????

Subject: RE: Weed Proof Garden Paths
From: GardenGnome
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-Jun-04 01:13 PM EST

Hi Kathaleen.

Roundup or Wipeout should be sufficient in the short term, but it works only on actively growing plants - there's no long term effect. Any accumulated weed seeds in the area will, of course, germinate and keep on germinating. Some seeds can remain viable in the soil longer than your or my lifespan, so keeping them at bay is a long-term, constant activity. Now for the good news. There are several products out now based on corn gluten meal which inhibits root development in newly germinated seeds. This is the first year I've tried it, so I can't attest to its effectiveness firsthand. There are lots of websites which describe it in greater detail, the most notable being the University of Iowa's (where the research took place).

Cheers G

Subject: RE: Weed Proof Garden Paths
From: kathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 02-Jun-04 04:25 PM EST

Well, I will have to look this up and give it a try. Right now the area looks horrible, it makes me cringe - it is more weeds (grass, grass, grass ) then gravel path right now . I will look this product up and see if it's applicable to me. I do think that ulimately I need to find a path replacement and am looking for ideas on that too.

I have just looked up the "BioWeed " info on the internet - and it looks like its good for weed control - but can be used on lawns as weed & feed - so will it work for grass that is acting as a weed??? Any ideas???

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