ground cloth and crabgrass

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  1. sherio

    sherio New Seed

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    With the exception of a few feet near one fence, the entire garden is covered first by ground cloth, then by mulch. The intention was to keep weeds at a minimum. That has worked well except for crabgrass. It is undaunted by anything, growing up through the cloth. I have been trying to remove it the hard way but cannot get to most of the roots because of the cloth.

    Assuming the cloth is pulled back and roots removed, would it be better to use a heavier cloth topped by mulch or no cloth at all?
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I use black plastic and mulch, nothing grows through that. I have used cardboard and mulch but after a year or so it composts and the weeds take over again.
    I have tried that cloth and found it a waste of time and money, you have to pull it all up to get the roots of the weeds that just laugh at it as they pop up through it.
     
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    The crabgrass in our yard grows through EVERYTHING!! I've seen it grow through lumber!
     
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    sherio New Seed

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    I think crabgrass is similar to cockroaches in that it will survive anything. And crabgrass is just about as useful, too. Ugh.

    Does the black plastic come in rolls? Is it readily available at a place like Home Depot or OSH? If there are different weights, which would be the best to use?
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I get mine at Lowe's but I believe Home Depot should have it too. Yep in a roll and it comes in a gardening thickness and contractor thickness. I bought the contractor thickness for a portion of the front yard and nothing grows through it unless you cut a hole and plant something. Depending on where it is you might want to poke a few hole for drainage but I have it in the fenced in herb bed covered with mulch and haven't had drainage problems.
     
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    Thank you, Toni. Your help is much appreciated!
     

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