Removing Mulch and replace with River Rock

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Old 04-15-16, 07:29 AM
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Removing Mulch and replace with River Rock

Attempting this as my first DIY-Landscape Project.

Front Yard - Bed area

Bed adjoining the front walls of the house leading from garage and leftwards toward the main door of the house.

Currently we have mulch with the bed separated from concrete path by a Black plastic edging strip. I'd be looking to replace this plastic strip with a metal one.

I would like to replace the mulch with River Rock and build up a 'Japanese' kind of look.

Looking for tips on what I would need to do to prepare the area before I lay down the River Rock. (Natural color)
 
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I'd rip everything out to the soil (figure that means removing mulch and plastic or landscape fabric), make sure the soil is properly graded away from the house, add new plastic and then pour the rock on top.

That said, I have no idea what you mean by
build up a 'Japanese' kind of look
so I may be way off base.
 
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Old 04-15-16, 07:45 AM
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Looks like I have my weekend setup !

BY japanese look I mean a very minimalist scape predominantly made up or Rocks and/or gravel. Something along the lines of attached image.

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Ok, so you'd need some edging in place if you wanted those different rock areas and then just some holes in the plastic around any plants. I'm not a fan of that row of plants right up next to the house, though.
 
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The image was to give an idea of the ground cover - rocks etc. I agree, rows along house wall area no no!
 
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What type/brand of Landscape fabric should I look at. (Clearly, I am new at this!)
Has to be a strong weed barrier to keep the clean, minimalist sharp look of this type of landscape.
 
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I use black plastic next to the house, not landscape fabric - I'm trying to maximize moving water away from the house. Just my opinion, though.
 
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If you have any leaves falling seasonally, use a large size of "River Rock" that is more stable if you want to blow off any droppings.

Weeds do not come from the ground. The come from air-born seeds that reach the soil/dirt, so any build-up on the barrier must be able to be flushed out periodically (naturally or by hose).

There is always the option of a careful application of good chemical to remove the occasional weed.

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Kids love to throw rocks found in front yards. Some food for thought.
 
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So
This is the plan
1. Remove mulch - wood chip mulch - do I just rake off the mulch?
2. Roundup & PreEmergent
3. Fabric
4. Rock
Can't upload image on mobile - but all bushes and foliage except the tree have been removed.
 
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Old 05-10-16, 09:49 AM
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Did I overdo the Rocks?

Mulch removed/ Rocks down
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The 'old' plastic edge strips along the pathway has sunk to show just about 3/4 to 1 inch. I thought i'd get away without needing to change the edging. Will be replacing with Metal edge strip from HomeDepot. This will provide for a barrier to spread the rock out a little and 'flatten' the rock line.
 
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