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The curse of Mypex!


 
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Digger Dan
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: The curse of Mypex! Reply with quote

A couple of years back we had the garden professionally planted out with some flower/shrub borders. The landscaper put down Mypex ground cover and a deep layer of wood bark to keep the weeds at bay.

However, the plants never thrived and nearly half died back and those that survive look poorly.

I decided, when at last we had some fine days in September to give the borders a major rework. I cleared off the bark and took up the Mypex. To my surprise I found a major cause as to why the plants have not done well.



The soil is a poor draining clay soil and with the wet summers over the last 3 years has remained almost permanently water logged, definitely not the ideal medium for plants to root well in!

Mypex aswell as being a good barrier to weeds also helps retain moisture in the soil, the last thing my ground needed! Along with the heavy mat of bark mulch the ground remained a dense sodden mass.

The photo above shows one corner of the garden where water had lodged under the Mypex cover.

So my tip would be to use any ground cover only on free draining soil and where you might solve one problem (i.e. weeds) you could create more by hampering your plants growth.

My plan is to dig in plenty of organic compost to improve soil condition and do a little more weeding!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Large sections of my garden have been mypex-ed, and feel the soil is suffocated because of it.

I am thankful for low maintenance, but there are definite disadvantages. I am slowly removing as I am planting.

I think mypex is great temporary solution, especially for beginers, and should slowly be removed as the garden develops and fills up.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i find a 2 inch layer of mini chip bark is ideal instead of using mypex.the bark will soak a lot of the rain and still let the earth breathe
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear that people are moving towards using mulch as weed suppresant rather than ground cover fabrics.

We sell ground cover but always look to encourage people to consider a mulch as we have also found the same issue with waterlogging.

Environmentally mulch far better as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went a different route.

I put down sodden newspaper first (The Sunday Times is good because it's lovely and thick!) and then put a thin layer of mulch on top of that.

Any weeds that grow are easily removed as they can't root deeply and apparently the newspaper will rot in approximately two years when hopefully the weeds will have given up.

The newspaper is breathable and permeable.

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