Landscaping (rock)

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  1. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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    My landlord wants to put in rock in front of my house. It is over 900 Sq feet. We are going to dig down the dirt with a skid and put the rock on top. We are also going to divide the area in half and put in 2 different shades of rock. The landlord doesn't seem to think that we need to put down the fabric/plastic barrier before we lay the rock. I seem to think we do.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. richey24

    richey24 Active Member

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    Why are you doing work for your landlord? Is he paying you?
     
  3. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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    Well she is a 90 year old lady. She has some family in town who will do most of the work. I said I would help, because I am a nice guy.
     
  4. CyTom

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    I would put the fabric down to keep out as many weeds as you can.
     
  5. josh777

    josh777 Active Member

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    Yes, lay down fabric. although, this is the worst part of landscaping in my opinion.
     
  6. DaddyMac

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    If you're doing rock, I'd put down the fabic (not plasic and you may have water collection issues. let it soak in through the fabric).

    I put it down around our house and wish I hadn't - but we have more perenials and such.
     
  7. 2020cy

    2020cy Well-Known Member

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    You will have a lot less weeds if you put a barrier down.
     
  8. AIT

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    If you don't lay some sort of barrier underneath the rock, you'll have to weed it regularly. If that's not a problem, you don't need the barrier.
     
  9. 1100011CS

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    use preen and green instead of fabric.
     
  10. psycln11

    psycln11 Active Member

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    weeds and grass will grow through it if you don't put down the fabric.

    weeds and grass will still grow on top of the fabric, but it's easier to pick it outt since the roots don't get established in dirt.
     
  11. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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    Why would I want to use fertilizer?
     
  12. CYdTracked

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    You might want to mention you live in Wyomming too there bro... big difference, not a lot of rain and the soil not as fertile. Fabric would be ideal but I guess you could put some preen and roundup down before you put the rock down and that would probably do the trick in your climate since you have to water the heck out of your lawns there just to grow grass.
     
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    Preen is a pre-emergent herbacide: Home | Preen.com
     
  14. CycoCyclone

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    terrible idea with Rock, you'll have all kinds of water/erosion issues, can you talk her into mulch? Definitely lay that black fabric down, cuts down on weeds.
     
  15. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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    It's a flat area, and I live in a dry climate.
     
  16. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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    BUMP . . . .
     
  17. saf

    saf Active Member

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    Need weed barrier for sure. Regular Preen won't hurt as well.
     
  18. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member

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    When my family lived in CO, our yard was probably 60% rock landscaping. They definitely put down the fabric beforehand.
     
  19. birdflu

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    When I worked in the landscaping industry we always put down fabric (not plastic!) under rock. It was somewhat helpful in preventing weeds, and kept the rock from mixing with the soil underneath.

    [On the other hand, wood mulch should go right on the bare ground (with preen, if you like) mulch breaks down into organic matter perfect for seed germination and the resulting weeds are a real pain to pull out of landscaping fabric.]
     
  20. BCforISU

    BCforISU Well-Known Member

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    Fabric for sure, very little weeding, better with the rocks. Also, rocks equal less bugs!!!! Mulch just lets them come right up to the house, unless you use cedar mulch-keeps away fleas, termites..... I live in South Carolina so the fleas are bad!!
     

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