Hello all, IÂm not sure if this is the right forum, but IÂll give it a go.
I am having weed issues. I have a long gravel driveway, and weeds love the edges of the gravel as well as the center strip up the driveway where car tires donÂt run them over. Then beyond that on either side I have perennials, so any weed eradication needs to be done with care. The "grass" areas surrounding the driveway are very, very patchy, and are more weeds then they are grass. I have kind of an odd driveway and parking area, not a straight forward straight line, resulting in lots of small grass/weed patches. If you can picture it, my drive way is sort of shaped like a backwards lower case r , with two garages at the top (one facing east, one facing north, with a large "parking lot" in the middle of the two garages and the house. Lots of wasted space, really, and lots of area where gravel meets grass or a perennial bed or tree etc. The soil in those areas is in some places decent soil, in other places, extensions of the gravel driveway and not good soil. IÂm sick of the weeds, but not sick enough of them to spend 3 hours each week hand pulling them. Any suggestions? Here are some of things I have thought of:
Pave the whole driveway and parking area: not an option, too expensive.
Bring in sod: IÂm worried the soil would be too poor to support good grass, plus, we donÂt really cultivate our grass in that we donÂt water it or put herbicide or fertilizer on it, so IÂm worried it would just end up in more weeds. Plus, might be nice to not have to mow tiny patches here and there.
Weed killer: is an option, however, I would only use weed killer in moderation, so it would have to be a one or two application job, and I would not be willing to repeat this on a yearly basis.
Some sort of weed barrier covered with more gravel: not sure what barrier would work, and would that just end of in a bigger mess? And would I need a plastic barrier between driveway and lawn.
Sun solarization to kill weeds and seed: seems like it would take a while, and what would I use to hold the plastic down? Would we end up with a rainy slippery mess?
Flame weeder: I kind of like the idea of this, I like it better then weed killer, but they seem pricey, and maybe a little dangerous.
I suppress weeds in garden beds with newspaper and mulch, but of course donÂt want mulch in my driveway. News paper with gravel would of course smother some weeds, but would end up in a mess.