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 05-14-2006, 18:16 Post: 129354
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What can I put along the foundation of A pole building to prevent weeds from growing so that I don't have to weed whack after mowing?






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 05-14-2006, 18:27 Post: 129355
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Chemical? There are non-selective herbicides and soil sterilizers that will keep anything from growing for a long time. NOXALL is one brand but there are others.






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 05-15-2006, 08:30 Post: 129373
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I've thought about laying 9 to 12 inch wide strips on the ground along the foundation wall.
The thing is what material do I use to make the strips out of?






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 05-15-2006, 09:00 Post: 129374
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The usual solution is to make a border along the edge of the wall by removing a little dirt, putting down landscaping cloth (to prevent growth,) and covering it with gravel.

In most areas you can also get coloured gravel if the 'decorator' in the family has any input.

If the gravel ends up flush with the grass, or slightly lower, then the added advantage is you can mow right over it and there is no trimming required.

Also, if there are no evestroughs, the gravel prevents erosion and mud splashing up the wals caused from rain water pouring off the roof.

Best of luck.






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 05-15-2006, 09:27 Post: 129376
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I've down almost exactly what Murf is recommending for my building.

I went with thick plastic under the following: 8 x 16 x 1 blocks about 20 inches from the perimiter of the building. Between the blocks and the building colored lava rocks.

This solved two issues - mud splashing up on the side of the building, and I can easily mow around it, as there is an 8" buffer of block between the rocks and the grass.






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 05-15-2006, 12:32 Post: 129386
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Be careful using black plastic and watch the grade/slope. I have a pole barn and the previous owner/builder put down black plastic and covered it with decorative rock. My problems are described below:
1. The slope isn't right and the black plastic doesn't let water through. So the water runs into the barn on the one side producing and almost constant mud spot right by the light switch. Stand in mud and flip the electrical thingy...
2. The plastic doesn't let water through. So it has to go somewhere. Bad sloping caused it to concentrate in one area. It worked it's way through the sandy soil in the spot producing a sink-hole effect. Bad hole, I could see down a good 3-5 feet. That sucked to repair.
3. My repair for #2: Removed all the gravel into loader bucket by hand, pull up all the plastic, replace gravel.

If you use an anti-weed barrier, stick with something that will let the water through cause it has to go somewhere. I learned that lesson thanks to the previous owner. I still have more sections to fix, but that takes time and a lot of work that I dread doing.






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 05-15-2006, 13:12 Post: 129391
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Yikes, and to think I never installed a barrier that let water through that didn't eventually let the weeds through.

Yes, you must be careful with plastic. Luckily, my application had about 4-6" of slope away from the building (over the 20"Wink yeah right so water puddles aren't an issue.






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 05-15-2006, 17:30 Post: 129400
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I'd use new or old roofing shingles laid face down and end to end with about a 2" overlap. They're also good for laying under a fence line where it's hard to mow under the bottom rail. And since they're temporary you can always pull them up if need be.






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 05-15-2006, 17:49 Post: 129401
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Anyone ever try laying down strips of artificial turf? Seems like a good way to keep weeds from growing and it may not look to bad either.






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 05-15-2006, 20:26 Post: 129407
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 What can I put along the foundation of A pole building to prevent wee

kwschumm (In my opinion) had it 100% correct in the very first answer. Chemical for the weed control. You can add anything you want for decoration, mud suppresants, etc. but
if you want low maintanance, easy to apply, weed control, use 41% glyshophate.






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