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Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 21:02

Some I have, others I have cut a hole in the membrane and put in fresh soil before planting.  Some of the cuttings have taken, others haven't.  Am I doing it wrong?  Probably!

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 19:01

Thanks for all the input everyone.  I'm pretty sure the majority are annuals because they are on top of the underlay.  I'll just keep pulling, and I'm going to try the cardboard and newspaper in the less conspicuous beds.  Many of the shrubs have died in the last few harsh winters here in Ireland so that would account for the gaps in the beds.  I'm trying to plant cuttings of the shrubs that have survived, but it will take a while for them to grow and fill in.  It's all trial and error but I'm learning!  Thanks again.

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 20:23

Yes Verdun, the membrane is under the existing mulch.  

 

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 19:10

Thanks fidgetbones.  I think the majority are annuals so maybe I'll pull all of them and treat the perennials with a weedkiller.  Do you think I should lift the mulch that is already there or would i be safe enough once I let the weedkiller work?  Leaving what is there would save me money, but I don't want to face massive weeds again if I don't lift what is there.

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:14

I have several beds with shrubs and mulch that I thoroughly weeded at the start of the summer.  All the weeds have come back and I am finally going to buy new mulch (although I can barely afford it).  My question is do i rake up all the weeds and old mulch before putting down the new stuff or do I spray weed killer and then put on the new mulch?  Or can I avoid the weedkiller altogether?  I have kids and a cat that would be difficult to keep out of the garden so I usually don't use weed killer.  I have that black underlay in the beds so I would just be raking the much off that.  Any advice would be appreciated.

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Weeds and new mulch

Looking for advice on what to do before putting down new mulch 
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