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May 12, 2018 5:45 PM CST
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Name: Keesha Lorraine
Denver, CO (Zone 5b)
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Hi everyone. I'm really hoping to turn a large useless area of my yard/lawn/ field of weeds that is actively full flowering and going to seed dandelions into a new xeriscape area in the future. There is absolutely no way I can pull everything out as I'm sure you all understand?!?! I have several fruit trees in the area so I need to avoid all chemicals. Which I never use in the first place. I'm wondering if I can kill dandelions and other various weeds and grass and keep them from returning if I put a bunch of mulch on top of them? Can I just smother everything? I have plenty of extra amazing mulch sitting here ready to be used. Thank you for any advice you can give me. And those suffering from large weed yards. UGH;)
May 12, 2018 7:14 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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KeeshaLoraine said: I'm wondering if I can kill dandelions and other various weeds and grass and keep them from returning if I put a bunch of mulch on top of them? Can I just smother everything?

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May 12, 2018 7:42 PM CST
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
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Glyphosate will kill your dandelions and anything you spray it on. It won't hurt your fruit trees at all. And it doesn't poison the soil.
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May 14, 2018 11:40 AM CST
If you don't want to get a weedkiller, you could start by harvesting the dandelions. Leaves before flowering and young leaves are used as salad greens and the "petals" are edible aswell. As are the roots, but they needs preparation. You can then cut everything down as low to ground level as possible, cover with weed suppressing membrane and then covering with mulch. Depending on how much mulch you have and how thick the membrane is that you get, you might have to spread whole newspaper with as little colour print as possilbe (numerous sheets at a time, not individual ones) over the area before applying the membrane and mulch. This will reduce a lot of weeds but dandelions are quite resilient and will probably simply weaken the more mature ones. If you can get around to using whatever method you use right away, at leave remove the flower heads before they get a chance to produce seeds. Every little helps! If you're up to it, turn the soil over first and remove as much of the roots as possible, this will slow down any regrowth. You may as well put whatever effort you can to minimise any recurrence right from the beginning.
May 14, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Like do you have a beautiful meadow full of wildflowers?
Or patchy turf that you've kept mowed?

Was me, I'd turn off the irrigation, and... Instant xeriscape!

Live with the weed patch, observe what lives, and, whether any of the plants grow on you.

Most people are not going to have magazine quality xeriscape, but... Learning how the "weeds" tolerate the dry conditions and learning to identify what you already have can be enlightening... And a cheap start on the eventual xeriscape.
May 14, 2018 1:32 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
A 4 inch layer of mulch, compost, wood chips, etc. Isn't going to let much of anything come up.
Google : Free wood chips. They will hook you up with a tree trimmer, who would be glad to have a free place to drop off there chips. 👍👍

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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