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Kingpenm3
McNeese State Fan
Xanadu
Member since Aug 2011
6577 posts

House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
I've got some areas on the sides of my house where I don't want to maintain a bed, don't want to have a drip line (no gutters), and don't want to have to mow right up against the house.

My idea is to do about a 2' stretch of river rock away from the house that I will just kill everything that grows with roundup. But what kind of barrier works well between the rock and grass so I'm not launching rocks when I mow? I think I have heard something like this referred to as Cajun Gutters??

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
23484 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
You may be thinking of a trench edge that looks like this pic. Problem is you have to maintain the trench which is a pain.



Steel Edging (or aluminum or plastic)is typically whats used as an edge. A Ledgestone edger (long, linear rock) looks really good but can cost a bit of money depending on what type of stone you get.



River Rock can look good but also consider a smaller ornamental gravel such as Tejas Black granite. There are several types of small diameter ornamental gravels available.:




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Huey Lewis
LSU Fan
BR
Member since Oct 2013
2554 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
Another option is to densely plant some ground cover like jasmine or monkey grass.


Warfox
LSU Fan
B.R. Native (now in MA)
Member since Apr 2017
129 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
Jasmine, Vinca minor (periwinkle), or Sweet Woodruff are all great low-ish maintenance ground covers. Just throw in a physical edge border or even just hit em with the weed eater to edge them from time to time.


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Geauxld Finger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
27917 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
Just use steel edging


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slinger1317
Houston Astros Fan
Louisiana
Member since Sep 2005
3261 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
I've got this stuff in all my beds and transitions. You can get it in brown to blend with mulch or in green to blend with grass. I've used it on the last 2 houses I've lived in and can't recommend it enough. LINK

I've used linear rock before, and it looks good upon installation but after a year or 2 of settling it can get uneven, and grass/weeds will find a way to grow between every crack.


Dlawnboy
LSU Fan
Member since May 2008
578 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
I used these. Have had them in for 2 yrs and no issues.
Home Dep



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Neauxla
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
32595 posts

re: House dressings where you don't want to put a flower bed in
I use this as well and it has held up for the past year.


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