Asked on Jun 28, 2014

Weeds in my front yard are winning. Pulling or digging them all up

by Louise
is going to be a chore and a half. A gardener neighbor said I can pull up the tall ones and then put down 2 to 3 layers of newspaper and then put mulch over it. She said that will kill the weeds that remain and prevent many from returning. Is that correct? AND, if I do that, should I dampen the newspaper to flatten things down before putting mulch on top? Or, should I just use Roundup and make sure I don't spray the plants I want to keep?
q weeds in my front yard are winning pulling or digging them all up, gardening
q weeds in my front yard are winning pulling or digging them all up, gardening
q weeds in my front yard are winning pulling or digging them all up, gardening
  15 answers
  • BONNIE J BONNIE J on Jun 28, 2014
    we have a lovely crop of clover--in the beds, most of our lawn--I guess it will just have to stay! I love clover. Lovely Hosa! I would just use the hoe around your plants.

  • Tracy Gilmore Tracy Gilmore on Jun 28, 2014
    if your not going to plant anything else there, you could do as your neighbour said, i left a patch of my garden covered with old carpet and two years later its been pulled up and the area is weed free but solid as anything, hoping that with some good rain and a new spade it will be workable as i have some plants waiting to go in there

  • Judy4justice Judy4justice on Jun 28, 2014
    I would not use Roundup anywhere near Plants or Flowers.The wet newspaper sounds good, but I have also laid black plastic trash bags down and then added topsoil on top of it, then mulch.I tear a hole in the bag to allow plants to be planted and so far I have very few weeds.BUT, in a different area I have Wandering Jew and it is taking over,so I could also use some advice on that.It is choking out mature rose bushes and things I do not want to move.No way can you get every root out by pulling them!Any ideas?

    • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jun 28, 2014
      @Judy4justice Dig out as much of the wandering jew as you can, .Either move your rose if is not too big( I use leftover gallon pots and water them well) put down the landscape fabric, put the rose bushes back in by cutting X's in the fabric and mulch. I have done this often as I always seem to" redecorating "my landscape beds.You still may have some pop up , but I think it will be much easier to control.

  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jun 28, 2014
    Landscape fabric and pins can be purchased at most big box home improvement stores. You can dig up your hostas, put the fabric down, replant the hosts or anything else that you want to plant by making small X's in the fabric. Cover with mulch and you will see a tremendous improvement. It is a bit of investment of time and money but I think you will be pleased with the results for years to come. Personally I could not live without the stuff. Creeping Jenny is a wonderful ground cover that helps block out weeds. I have used this in conjuction with the landscape fabric in a large area in front of my woods to great success. Good luck and have some fun!!!

  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jun 28, 2014
    Round up will work but it's not a permanent solution. We've had excellent results with black landscaping cloth held down with landscaping staples. Sometimes on hilly areas it's easier to just let the weeds win if they grow close to the ground like ground cover. I have also had good results with your friend's method.

  • Colleen Colleen on Jun 28, 2014
    Stay away from Round Up. Only use it to rid weeds in sidewalks and specific areas away from your flowers. I used newspapers/and landscape fabric combined and had very good results. Clear out as much of the weeds as you can, till the soil and lay down layers of newspapers. Place the landscape fabric over and then plant your flowers, cutting just enough room for the plant to grow. Follow with mulch.

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    • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Jun 29, 2014
      @Louise I agree with all of the "no" Roundup comments. Unfortunately Roundup, like other chemicals enters our water, soil, air and food system and everyone suffers. I too can have a lot of weeds. I water the ground so its wet and hoe or pull them (its easier here when the ground is wet) and then make sure I have many inches of bark chips mulch to prevent the weeds from coming back. Its an on-going process but most of the time it is worth it! Each year will be a bit easier if you keep your beds full of mulch.

  • Laura Hurst Calentine Laura Hurst Calentine on Jun 28, 2014
    To really kill off weeds/all growth, I have found the best thing is to now it then cover with carpet. Leave it til next spring then pull up the carpet and replant or cut holes in the carpet, plant then mulch. Then you won't get weeds in the new beds. You can also use old blankets if they are tight knit.

  • Elizabeth Hamaty Elizabeth Hamaty on Jun 28, 2014
    I'd use 7 or 8 layers of news paper, wetting it helps. Plastic doesn't allow water through and will not break down. If you really want coverage you can even use wet cardboard and mulch over the top. Earthworms and other beneficials love wet cardboard

  • Darlinda Darlinda on Jun 29, 2014
    I don't like to ever use chemicals to add to our groundwater. I use cardboard before the mulch. This really works well where you want to expand or make a garden. because as Elizabeth said earthworms love cardboard, and the soil next year will ripe and ready to plant.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 29, 2014
    I favor Darlinda's approach of using cardboard. You will need to have a very thick layer of newspaper, not just two or three sheets.

  • Connie Connie on Jun 29, 2014
    My lawn was OVER run with weeds. I bought some Ortho weed b gone from Walmart. Very inexpensive! Put it on the end of the hose and the next day the weeds were gone. I kid you not. Now, my lawn looks amazing!

    • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 29, 2014
      @Connie Did you just spray it directly on the yard, attached to a hose? Well it work on any kind of grass? I'm willing to try it. Weeds taking over my front yard.

  • BONNIE J BONNIE J on Jun 29, 2014

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 29, 2014
    With all the rain we have had in Georgia this year...every other day or even daily, the weeds went crazy. I had TruGreen spray (expensive but I am not able to do it) and it worked beautifully...only now there is a new crop near my flowers where I did not spray. We just can't seem to get past them this spring/summer.

  • Connie Connie on Jun 30, 2014
    I did! Just attached to the hose and turned the water on. Right on to the yard. Seriously, my lawn now looks amazing! Also, I DID see some weeds die that very day! And, it didn't touch the grass that was there! Try it! I was shocked!

  • Louise Louise on Jun 30, 2014
    Would it kill my hostas or other yard plants?

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 01, 2014
      @Louise I suspect weed-b-gone will think your hostas are broad-leafed weeds and that will be the end of them.