Front yard war-zone
Hi everyone. I live in the high desert of southern Utah where tumbleweeds grow rampant. Actually, tumbleweeds, foxtails, goatheads... you name it. Our house came with some nicely landscaped river rock covering most of the front yard.
Over the course of a year and a very wet winter, the rock sank, mixed with clay/mud and has become a tumbleweed haven. There's no kind of weedblock underneath it and typical weeding advice is moot since there's river rock spread over the whole thing (can't take a shovel or hoe to it).
I'm thinking of laying down some kind of a weedblock and placing some more stone on top. I can't figure out though, what kind to use. I've read pros an cons of weaved fabric and plastic but given the dry, arid climate, I don't know which one would be better.
Drainage only becomes an issue when 2 feet of snow decides to melt in late winter. Aside from that, it's usually hot and dry.
Chemicals are a strict NO, but if there was a more natural way to completely vaporize tumbleweeds and prevent them from ever growing again, I'm all ears!
(Yes, the name is ironic, isn't it?)