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May 5, 2020 1:43 PM CST
IN
I purchased a home last summer that had a blind elderly gentlemen living in it for decades. That being said, the gardening was neglected for quite sometime. The backyard landscaping is all rocks, but coming through are countless weeds. No matter how many times I clear them out after spending hours of pulling, within a week or so they're back. if I dig down a good 6+ inches I discover a shredded black weed barrier/tarp. I first had the idea that I would just dig up all the rocks, put down a new barrier, then put the rocks back as it is impossible to throw them out in my area, but after spending a good three hours and only getting about 12 square feet done due to the depth and debris, it doesn't seem logical. Any tips or ideas on how I can rid the garden of the weeds? I'd love to plant and make it beautiful, but I need to tackle this first.

Thanks!
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May 6, 2020 3:24 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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That's the very reason, I don't, will not, and never will "ever" recommend rocks in any landscape. Pain in the foot. You can spray Roundup weed killer now that its getting hot. Make sure its over 85 degrees for 3 days in a row before you spray for the best results.
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May 7, 2020 3:46 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
Yea. You can take the rocks up. And put them in a bucket.

Then get a pick-axe. Break and turn the dirt. Water it. Watch the weeds grow again. Let it be for a week or two to make sure everything germinated. Then go through it again. It will be a lot easier since you already broke it up once. This is what I do with my yard when it has weeds.

Maybe you have a better idea of how to remove the rocks.

I have rocks on the side of house, so I know what you are saying. It's gonna be a pain.
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May 7, 2020 8:01 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Rocks used as a weed barrier are worse than useless. Debris gathers between them, trapping weed seeds...even when cemented in place. Now some carefully placed boulders in a wild themed landscape are beautiful!
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May 7, 2020 10:27 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Get rid of the rocks, a neighbor had good luck offering the rock for free on Craig's list. Get rid of the weed barrier, start over with mulch
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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