Reclaiming a Slope from Junky Stuff, Weeds
I posted last October about my hope to reclaim a slope in my backyard. It was covered in what I would call "junky stuff" and weeds, and my hope was to rid it of this stuff and create a bed in which we could plant desirable stuff (TBD). I asked about newspaper and mulch, and was given (more or less) a green light, so we gave it a go.
It looked great for about five months (I had used about five sheets of newspaper covered by several inches of mulch), but now that we're into growing season, stuff is growing back like I didn't spend the money (for mulch) and the time trying to stop it.
So what do we do now? Do we need to first get out there with a shovel and dig up the cruddy stuff first, and then newspaper/mulch it? Should we mow the junk back and cover with black plastic (perhaps covered by mulch, since we spend a lot of time on the back porch, and won't want to look at plastic for a year, or however long it takes)? Or what? We really want to reclaim this hill, and can be patient..we just moved into the new house we built and plan on being here a long, long time. Thanks.