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Post  Signey 3/3/2013, 8:27 pm

I am going to put my SQG boxes on top of the *lawn*. Do I attach the weed block directly to the box or just lay it under it?
Thanks! (totally new to this!)
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Post  RoOsTeR 3/3/2013, 8:30 pm

I attach mine. One of the main reasons is because every time I deal with weed cloth, it seems like it's windy Laughing

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Post  Kelejan 3/3/2013, 9:15 pm

glad you\'re here Signey happy hi
Well, that's one question answered. I expect you have lots more. Laughing
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Post  Tris 3/4/2013, 2:21 pm

RoOsTeR wrote:I attach mine. One of the main reasons is because every time I deal with weed cloth, it seems like it's windy Laughing
Do you just staple it to the frame? Do you take it up the sides or just the bottom?
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Post  llama momma 3/4/2013, 3:04 pm

I put mine up the sides to preserve as much of the mix as possible.
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Post  CindiLou 3/4/2013, 3:13 pm

I put mine so it lays further out from the bed boards..then I lay the boards and trim..not completely to the board. This helps the grass from coming up the inside of the boards. I can tell the difference with the ones I did not do this with.
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Post  GloriaG 3/5/2013, 12:27 am

Hi Signey, Welcome to the forum.

We have extremely invasive Bermuda grass in our yard, so we use two layers of weed block. The first layer is put on the ground so that when the box is set on top, it extends at least 6" out on all sides. The second layer is then put down inside the box and stapled half way up the inside. We add mulch outside the box, to cover the weed block that's extending past the sides.
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Post  RoOsTeR 3/5/2013, 7:28 am

Tris wrote:
RoOsTeR wrote:I attach mine. One of the main reasons is because every time I deal with weed cloth, it seems like it's windy Laughing
Do you just staple it to the frame? Do you take it up the sides or just the bottom?

I use a staple gun and like others, attach it to the outside of the frame basically because it's easier for me that way. I also add a couple layers of newspaper/and or cardboard to the inside of the box.

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Post  Windmere 3/5/2013, 8:23 am

Garden fabric... will it work like weed block? I got some organic garden fabric from Lowes. thinking
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Post  GWN 3/5/2013, 11:01 am

I also put a tarp over my beds for the winter and stapled them to the edges.
I do not plan to take the tarps off until I am ready to plant, hoping some warmer weather will kill any weeds under the tarp
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Post  GloriaG 3/5/2013, 12:23 pm

Hi Signey,

Take a look at the package.

Weed block can have a lot of different names: "garden fabric", "landscape fabric", "weed block", "ground cloth"..... As long as it says it's designed to go on the ground and prevents weeds from growing through the fabric you're fine.
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Post  Hoggar 3/5/2013, 1:19 pm

Hi Signey,

I cover the bottom of my boxes with Hardware cloth then lay weed cloth in the bottom and add a layer of cardboard or news paper over that. I have a problem with Star of Bethlehem, Its very tenacious and came up through all of that + 6 inches of soil so I also put a 4'3" X 4'3" sheet of 6mil plastic under each box this allows it to drain but stops things from growing up through the bottom.

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Post  Windmere 3/5/2013, 1:33 pm

Signey:
I looked at my garden fabric and it says it only lasts one season. It is good for weeds though (according to label).

Hoggar:
Good tips. I may implement them.

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Post  Signey 3/6/2013, 1:05 am

wow thanks for the great replies! I think the weed block I bought said it was good for 5 years, so a girl can hope! I will probably also take your advise and lay newspaper down as well.
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Post  CindiLou 3/6/2013, 6:19 pm

Also remember, weed block lasts longer when the sun doesn't shine on it.
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Post  beyerswede 3/6/2013, 6:35 pm

I not only staple some to the bottom of my boxes, I then also have some down between the boxes as a block for my walkways. There is a generous overlap between the box fabric and the walkway fabric. My Nursery had 5 differnt kinds of weed fabric in a variety of sizes and materials.
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