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Name: Al
Michigan
trailtwister
Jun 15, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Kare & I have a flower bed full of day lilies and am getting a bit tired of weeding it. Have thought about putting down garden fabric then covering it with wood chips I make with my chipper. I am sure it won't be a problem once they are up in the spring but what about the next spring?
Will they come thru the same hole in the fabric?

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Legalily
Jun 15, 2017 5:56 PM CST
I have some of my daylilies planted in the fabric and others are not, and I have wood mulch around all of them. The ones planted in the fabric come up in the same place each year and they just keep expanding the fabric to fit the increase in fans. If they are expanding too much I try to pull the fabric back some to make it a little easier on them nodding Hope this helps!
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Name: Al
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trailtwister
Jun 16, 2017 4:25 AM CST
Thanks that does help and answers my question.

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amberjewel
Jun 16, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Legalily said:I have some of my daylilies planted in the fabric and others are not, and I have wood mulch around all of them. The ones planted in the fabric come up in the same place each year and they just keep expanding the fabric to fit the increase in fans. If they are expanding too much I try to pull the fabric back some to make it a little easier on them nodding Hope this helps!


@Legalily Do you notice a difference in weed population in those areas where you have the fabric versus the areas where you just mulch?
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Hemlady
Jun 16, 2017 9:30 AM CST
When I first got into daylilies about 30 years ago, I used industrial strength weed barrier. I found that over time weeds started growing on top of it and once their roots got down inside the weed barrier it was impossible to pull them out by the roots. As the mulch breaks down it forms a soil that weed seeds will grow in. It will work for awhile but after several years the weeds are back and much harder to pull out.
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blue23rose
Jun 16, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Weed barrier works for a few years, but after that I still have violets, chickweed, spurge, and other weeds come through. As the daylily multiplies, I find that I am cutting back the weedmat more. I also learned recenly that weedmat makes for a poor growing environment. You may want to reconsider using it. My flower beds without weedmat are healthier. Here are a couple of links with other opinions on weedmat.

The thread "Earthworms in the daylily beds" in Daylilies forum

http://northcoastgardening.com...

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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jun 16, 2017 12:15 PM CST
amberjewel said:

@Legalily Do you notice a difference in weed population in those areas where you have the fabric versus the areas where you just mulch?


Not really because I add a layer of about 3" of mulch. I prefer no fabric because the mulch then composts back into the ground and I don't have a cut a hole every time I plant.
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Legalily
Jun 16, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Cindy - I agree on when the weeds start from the top down and getting into the fabric. I thought I would be really good at using Preen, but I always forget until it's too late! D'Oh! I'm just a person that pulls weeds all the time when I am in different areas so they don't ever get out of hand. A little OCD on the weeds Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Al
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trailtwister
Jun 20, 2017 6:16 AM CST
Decided not to go with the fabric, just my home made mulch.

That Troy built tomahawk chipper shredder has paid for its self in mulch.



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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jun 20, 2017 6:29 AM CST
Good choice. Make sure you get about 3 inches on to keep those weeds down.
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Name: Al
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trailtwister
Oct 3, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Considering mowing down the day Lilies for the winter.

Think it would hurt any thing this late in the year.


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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 9, 2017 9:51 PM CST
No. You wouldn't be the first to do so.
I don't use the weed block around my daylilies either. The key is prepping the area well before planting. If there was a lot of weeds there when you started, chances are there are a lot of weed seeds waiting to germinate. After cultivating the soil it is best to wait till the seed that are at or near the surface germinate and then weed again. Continue that cycle until you see less and less weed growth. I know that it is easier said than done. When there is plants coming in it is hard to be patient. The end result is having to deal with weeds growing up, through and around the plants. Nothing is more frustrating.
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gardenglory
Oct 10, 2017 8:44 AM CST
no doubt, when I just want to give up on the whole daylily thing...its always because of the weeds. They are also the reason Im backed up a good 50 plants that need planting, altho they seem to be happy where they are waiting. It is so hot and humid, weeds are the last thing m going to deal with right now.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 10, 2017 9:12 AM CST
I finally found that if I keep 3-4 inches of wood mulch on my daylilies it really keeps the weeds down, and then use Preen in the spring (if I remember D'Oh! ).
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Name: Al
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trailtwister
Oct 11, 2017 5:27 AM CST
So I guess I will mow every thing down and see if I can get the weeds under some sort of control before next spring.
I agree the liberal use of preen should work once the weed roots are taken care of to stop any weed seeds from germinating.

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