I put landscape fabric down and covered it with an obscene amount of mulch. It looked great for a season or two. But the weeds eventually came back with a vengeance (presumably over the fabric). But then again, I'm a complete amateur.
The best answer to gophers I have ever used is breaking up dry ice and putting it down all the holes. Cover them over and see if any survive. I’ve never had to repeat. Keep the windows down in your car when you bring it home!Are you? If you have serious gopher problems, particularly if you're backed onto undeveloped land (not that it's likely that your neighbors will be doing anything about them anyway) that's not that farfetched. Better to use porous pavers, though.
I used to do some professional gardening; I remember one job where the client said that there was a beautiful garden in back when she bought the house, which she then covered with concrete. Got tired of that and built a fence to fence deck over the concrete. Got tired of that- hired me to build a bunch of planter boxes so she could garden on top of the deck. Lord knows what she ended up putting over that- an aviary, perhaps
Cardboard is excellent for new plantings- it lasts long enough to eliminate most of the existing weeds, rots away after a year or so when it's no longer needed. Ruth Stout, in her "Gardening Without Work", advocated heavy hay mulches for most plants, used newspaper (many layers) for lower growing plants. I frequently use newspaper to cover drainage holes in pots, particularly nursery types with several drainage holes; once again it rots away when no longer needed.The best answer to gophers I have ever used is breaking up dry ice and putting it down all the holes. Cover them over and see if any survive. I’ve never had to repeat. Keep the windows down in your car when you bring it home!
I’ve seen old time Gardners here use newspaper and even cardboard. I would use anything other than plastic including nothing at all.
Putting decking over concrete over soil and then planters to have soil to plant in is hysterical.
no to plastic. Yes to the best, thickest fabric you can afford. Keeps weeds down, lets water through. win, win.I tried Google, without good results, so I thought I’d ask the intelligentsia at a guitar forum.
What are the pros and cons to laying down plastic before mulching?
This process (called solarization) is usually done with clear plastic. It can be quite effective in climates with extended periods of hot weather. The patch should be watered thoroughly, then the plastic placed over the area; should be fairly well sealed around the edges. Long time since I've done this, and it's dependent on the weather anyway, but best I remember it takes several weeks at least.What plastic is good for is when you are trying to kill everything in a bed or a patch of lawn so you can start over. Black plastic in the sun will heat the soil a bit so you can start without the weeds.
The best answer to gophers I have ever used is breaking up dry ice and putting it down all the holes.
My grandfather had considerable success with the exhaust in the gopher hole method, but emission standards on farm trucks in the 1930's were pretty lax. I've seen kits sold for doing that now, but how well it would work with modern cars I couldn't say.Ha! I remember my Dad taping a vacuum cleaner hose to the the car exhaust and sticking the other end in the gopher hole. We didn't get to find out if it was going to work because the gopher started moving, and my Dad just slammed a shovel though the dirt and killed it.
I get gophers occasionally. I'll see a gopher tunnel run from the forest into my yard, but it will terminate at a hole where a fox got his dinner.