I have a sloping backyard where some ground cover made it acceptable.

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However, it’s been taken over by weeds AND I can’t go up the slope often to pull them out or just even spray with weedkiller! I need ideas, design ideas on how to transform it to become more manageable.
q i have a sloping backyard where some ground cover made it acceptable
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  • Groundcover was a good idea. Have you looked into ultra low maintenance xeriscaping?


    Then you would only need to do a bit of maintenance every couple of months.


  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 17, 2018
    Hi Ruth, there are actually native "weeds" that are really tough "invasive" pretty and take over great in places like that. One that comes to mind in my area is a native called creeping charlie (also known as ground ivy) its been taking over my dog kennel for years and I just love it! It blooms really pretty little flowers and stays low enough that it never needs to be mowed AND it took over so very little else grows around it. I'm wondering if there might be something like that in your area that might work for you?
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    • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 18, 2018
      Yep a lot of people don't like them for sure but in large areas a native "weed" that can take over can be a good choice where mowing isn't an option.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2018
    honestly there are many fixes, however the weed situation must be taken care of.planting creeping jenny in weeds makes no sense.the weeds will just take that over.xeroscaping means starting over.The only other option is smothering out what you do not want in thereabout was stated you get do it.
  • OlyGal OlyGal on May 18, 2018
    I have this same problem with grass in my Vinca, I think I will try your suggestion of smothering an area and see if it works. Thanks!
  • Rosanne Rosanne on May 18, 2018
    I think you're asking this at a great time. If you cover the area with clear plastic it will "burn" everything out, roots, seeds, etc. Of course, the more you pull out and the more sun it gets, the better. It'll take a few weeks, depending on the sun. Then you can cover the area with a block,such as newspaper (4 or 5 sheets), cardboard, landscape fabric. Plant what you will, then mulch 3-4 inches. This should block MOST of the weeds. The paper & cardboard will need to be replaced every 1-2 yrs., but for most of the time you should be relatively weed free, care free. The soil will stay moist longer (less watering),

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