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12 year weed barrier update

12 year weed barrier update one year later

We are one year into our 12 year weed barrier life span.

It looks like it really might last another decade.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I've had my professional (not the stuff you buy at Lowe's or Tractor Supply) weed barrier for about 10 years now. It was originally 50 feet long and my bed was only 25, so I doubled it. The only placed I have problems is where the concrete block raised bed meets the barrier because some of the dirt/sand mixture sometimes oozes out and a couple of weedy seeds grow there, but it's easy to pull them out and it doesn't rip the barrier at all. I am very pleased with it and will probably get more of the stuff to lay down on the new fruit tree and grape trellis areas.
Comment by Nayan Sun Jun 5 15:23:47 2016
Hey, I am wondering what kind of weed barrier you got that is so sturdy that you cannot find at Lowe's or Home Depot? Would be interested in that when we get to that point in our homesteading. We are going to build a log home in the meantime,( but would love to have the information.
Comment by Michelle Diesterhaft Mon Jun 6 23:55:20 2016

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