Landscape fabric

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Old 04-23-09, 01:11 PM
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Landscape fabric

I have a large area, about 120' of frontage that I am going to either put mulch on or plant allysums. I am looking into landscape fabrics. I found one- Weed-X with a 20 year guarantee. In the last few minutes I just discovered "plastic mulch" but don't see where it can purchased (I live in Massachusetts). The Weed-x is inexpensive-about $12 for 3x50 yards at Walmart. Also, I am not sure how I am going to keep the mulch from running off with the rain. One of the reasons I am doing this is "less lawn" and this area is difficult to mow.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Karen
 
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Old 04-23-09, 04:20 PM
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Hi Karen,

If you plant the low growing alyssum that is going to smell great! If it were my 120' of property I would plant a combination of plants and/or groundcover that would choke out weeds and be low maintenance. That much mulch is going to cost you alot every year when you have to replenish it and it will still grow weeds from seeds that blow in and sprout in the mulch.

Is this a slope?
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Old 04-24-09, 04:47 AM
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Landscape fabric/groundcoverings/plants

This area is in a full sun area. If I do plants/groundcovers, which ones would you suggest? I need them to be somewhat drought tolerant as watering is a time issue for me and also some that will multiply/spread and lastly, low growing.

I appreciate your help.
 
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Old 04-24-09, 12:11 PM
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Karen, you are very welcome! Massachusetts has plant hardiness zones from 7 to 4, so it would be impossible to say what to plant. If you aren't sure of your zone you can check it here.
http://www.gardenweb.com/zones/zip.cgi
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/c...ps/MAhardy.jpg

I would suggest you go to these sites and put in your requirements. See what you like and then get back to us and we can give you ideas of what would work well.
http://classygroundcovers.com/
http://stepables.com/

Consider that this is a very long span. You might want a mix of 3 different groundcovers that are evergreen so it won't look awful in your long winters. A large swath of 3 different groundcovers won't look too busy. Also consider adding drought tolerant plants that grow in clumps and shrubs.

Got any pics of the area?

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