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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jul 14, 2017 7:27 PM CST
My neighbor wants to render the ground sterile, with vinegar and salt. Anybody have a recipe? These folks don't want to garden at all, and while I wouldn't use it, it isn't likely to do any more damage to the environment than chemicals, and I won't have to worry about it translocating.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 14, 2017 8:33 PM CST
I would not want salt in my garden...
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jul 14, 2017 8:51 PM CST
It's sad that they want to do this. It can still run off and end up in your garden, killing your plants.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 14, 2017 9:25 PM CST
Carol, what is their actual objective?

If they just want to kill grass, I personally would opt for using Roundup rather than anything that involved salt.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jul 14, 2017 9:53 PM CST
What do they plan to put down in lieu of grass? Colored gravel, raked sand? I've seen that a lot in the desert and wonder what the draw is. Seems it would just increase the already too-hot conditions. But to each their own.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jul 15, 2017 12:32 PM CST
These people were apparently raised in a high rise in China. They work 7 days a week and just eat and sleep there. No clue about gardening and don't care to learn. Their back yard is covered with concrete board panels and the grass/ weeds will be 2' tall and gone to seed before they will cut it...then they leave it where it falls. This is the reason I put in a fence. I talked them out of asphalt to replace their front yard, and into astro turf, and it looked pretty good for beginners, until the Bermuda grass started coming up around the edges, the four unkempt rose bushes started shedding, and some animal doesn't care if it's real grass. I hit the front with RU a week ago, and it killed the weeds, but needs to be mixed a lot stronger to kill that grass. I'm not worried about the salt in the soil because anything I have on that side is either driveway or raised beds. The RU, or any other chemical in the hands of the untrained can drift or translocate through the cracks between fence boards.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Jul 15, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Well, to each their own is always my motto. If I don't care for the look, I simply avert my eyes. I know many folks disagree with this, but I am pretty firm that if it isn't harming me, it's not my business. Good plan to establish a visual screen barrier. I'm working on that with my immediate neighbor who is slowly but surely building up a junk yard of non-functioning boats, ski-doos, bikes, lawn mowers, you name it - all cozied up on our shared wire fence line. But, no, I will not say anything unkind to the neighbor. It's his junk, he can do what he wants with it. I've planted some tightly spaced Doug fir on our side, they grow fairly quickly and can be kept as a hedge if we want. Shrug.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 15, 2017 1:31 PM CST
I have a neighbor similar to Deb's whose junk collection vanished and was replaced by a vegetable garden when he got married - so there's always hope. Except asphalt would have been a bit permanent.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Jul 15, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Asphalt would also have turned my driveway into a deeper lake than it already is when we get rain, not to mention all the trash that collects on their lawn.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 15, 2017 1:51 PM CST
Deb, you are a very tolerant person... a trait that I should work on more. *Blush*

I'm very thankful to not have a neighbor in sight of my house, being in the approximate middle of 14 acres and having very tall trees all around our yard.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Jul 15, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Ha ha, Sandy - it's all a ruse! One year I vowed to be more tolerant, or if that failed to simply be taller. I fear I failed at both...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
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plantmanager
Jul 15, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
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