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CajunPilot1
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Lafayette, LA
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Landscaping help
Recently purchased a new home that sat on the market for some time. Flower beds in front of the house are overgrown. The beds were once rock beds that have been overtaken by grass and are also holding large bushes. Am I better off pulling everything out of the beds and starting over? Or should I try to poison the overgrown grass?


fightin tigers
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re: Landscaping help
As in mulched with rocks?

If you like that look just kill the grass. Will take a few go rounds, but the grass will disappear.


CajunPilot1
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Member since Dec 2017
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re: Landscaping help
There is no mulch left. I was thinking about going with a few rounds of poison to kill off the overgrown grass then laying mulch over the rock beds. I have very little experience when it comes to landscaping so any help is appreciated.


hungryone
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re: Landscaping help
Do you truly have "rock beds", or is there a band of rock between the house and the start of the flower beds? A strip of rock is common in houses without gutters--it helps water flow away from the foundation. The rocks stop, then the landscaping beds start. Typically, the rock bed is kept bare/weed free to facilitate drainage. You don't mulch over it.


CajunPilot1
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re: Landscaping help
I believe this is the case as the house does not have gutters. Will confirm this evening. Seems like the flower beds are just overgrown with grass and the rocks I noticed are for drainage against the house.

In that case, killing off the overgrowth and filling beds with mulch (not over rocks) is likely my best bet?


hungryone
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re: Landscaping help
Kill off as much overgrowth as you can, in the rock beds and in the flower beds. Rake up any old mulch, then spray Roundup, being very careful to keep it off of any mature plantings you want to keep. Once the overgrowth dies back, remove as much as possible from the rock beds. You don't want the dead overgrowth hanging around, clogging the rocks.

Meanwhile, in the actual flowerbeds, re-mulch with a thick layer of pinestraw. Pay attention to the edge where the lawn meets the flowerbeds: if you don't have a hard edge (metal strip, concrete or brick edging, or other hardscaping), you will want to sharply edge the grass and remove any runners intruding into the beds.

This is a good time of year to plant larger shrubs. So if you've got holes or dead spots, think about your overall landscaping design.


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CrawDude
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Kill off as much overgrowth as you can, in the rock beds and in the flower beds. Rake up any old mulch, then spray Roundup, being very careful to keep it off of any mature plantings you want to keep. Once the overgrowth dies back, remove as much as possible from the rock beds. You don't want the dead overgrowth hanging around, clogging the rocks. Meanwhile, in the actual flowerbeds, re-mulch with a thick layer of pinestraw. Pay attention to the edge where the lawn meets the flowerbeds: if you don't have a hard edge (metal strip, concrete or brick edging, or other hardscaping), you will want to sharply edge the grass and remove any runners intruding into the beds. This is a good time of year to plant larger shrubs. So if you've got holes or dead spots, think about your overall landscaping design.

This is very good advice.

Also, when you’ve finished with your renovation, adding shrubs/plants, and adding a thick layer of mulch, consider using a pre-emergent herbicide a couple times a year inside the bed to help with further weed suppression - Dimension is a good one. If the bed was neglected as you say, it will likely be full of weed seeds.


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