Here's some pictures of the back of our yard which is overgrown with weeds and brush. Not even sure what half the stuff growing IS, ...
My friend at Solean Services (near Austin, Texas) said that we could kill the weeds with Roundup, lay down landscaping fabric, then mulch over it.
- Already on hand: Shovel, Rake, Tarp, Wheelbarrow
- Roundup 5005610 Weed and Grass Killer Plus Concentrate Bottle, 36.8-Ounce
- Chapin 20000 1-Gallon Lawn and Garden Sprayer
- Landscaping Fabric
- Landscaping Pins
- Mulch (locally purchased from a gardening center and delivered in bulk. This was cheaper than buying bags and hauling them ourselves from the big name stores).
- Cedar Logs for the edging (fit these into our Prius, we're pros... haha)
This is it after Round One of Round Up. We ended up spraying it twice. I've heard buying the concentrate is better rather than the sprayer with it premixed. I assume that's because you get a higher concentrate of the actual Round Up that way.
Lay out landscaping fabric, making sure to overlap in the areas that need to be overlapped. We bought 400 sq ft. I think we should've gotten more because we ran out before the end and didn't overlap as much as I would've liked. Daddy B put down cardboard in the small area we couldn't get. Once you've laid it down, you can use landscaping pins to hold the fabric down.
Here's the landscaping fabric all laid out. Check out the fancy cardboard in the left hand corner, haha. We'll get to do a real test to see what works better I guess? We ordered mulch from the local gardening shop and had them dump it close to our fence... we had them dump it onto a tarp so less would be in our grass (and maybe it'll be easier to drag once we get the pile smaller. That is 2.5 cubic yards of mulch. We got regular brown because we didn't want the colored mulch which could dye a kid's clothes or the rubber mulch which could possibly have questionable chemicals in it. Plus, brown is prettier.
We just relocated it onto the area, then spread it out to cover the area. We left a square uncovered by mulch because that's where we're going to be building a sandbox eventually. It looks SO much better just like this.
At this point, I realized that the lawn edging would be a good idea. I am hoping it'll keep the mulch from migrating into the grass and create a more defined border. Here's a pretty technical post from Utah Garden Blogs on how to install plastic landscaping edging. I liked the look of stone, but I'd rather have something softer seeing the kids will be playing in this area. I figure stone is just asking for trouble! But upon further investigation, we opted to do landscaping timber which runs pretty cheap and we are going to use it for our sandbox too. We got pressured treated lumber so we didn't need to prep the wood.
Here's my big helper.... tossing mulch OUT onto the grass. Ha.
Here it is with the wood up as an edge. This was definitely an awesome option in terms of easy to install. The 8' logs were $8 apiece and we had 5 so it cost us $40; they were cedar pressured treated wood.
Once we get the sandbox in we'll be updating with a blog post and pictures of the whole project completed!