Originally Posted by Shcrews
great , thanks for the info. After sitting on the fence for a few weeks i decided that we will skip the ground cover this year and just plant a living mulch again, making sure to keep it cut short so it doesnt draw too much water/nutrients from the soil.
I am wondering what is a good ground cover for preventing weeds in-between the mounds? a layer of woodchips all over the hill would be nice i suppose, although idk how practical. i dont know much about landscaping, any ideas? the foxtails and bermuda grass are a real pain.
Woodchips would work, at least a couple inches, 3-4 would be better.
Before doing that I would use a weed whip with angled string or a set of metal blades and chop everything down to soil level.
You could do just the weedwhip work once every few weeks, and that would be the cheapest and once done initially would be easier to take care of
Solarization might get rid of the Bermuda grass if it isn't too deeply rooted. It's most effective in the top few inches of soil but the heat can reach 90 at nine inches deep.
After severely weed whipping rake the area smooth as possible because you want the plastic to make the best contact possible with the dirt.
Get 2 mil. clear plastic, Uv treated would be ideal but it only needs to last 42 days from June-August in California for the sunny areas. June to
August is the best time to do this.
Before putting plastic down water well for the top twelve inches of soil, and you can anchor the plastic edges by digging a six inch deep trench at the edge of plastic and burying it.
Plants get a lot of benefits from solarized soil, gets rid of pathogens and weeds