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Cardboard (to get rid of weed) + add woodchip on top?

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  1. enginestar

    enginestar Apprentice Gardener

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    We have a garden full of weeds + a trampoline that we want to keep.

    I did want to put grass down, but that isn't practical because of the trampoline - that takes up a big chunk of our small garden.

    On youtube, I've seen videos showing people put down cardboard to suffocate the weeds + add woodchip on top. This would be ideal for us - giving a soft safe surface for the kids.

    Any thoughts about this? A good idea to do?

    One video said that doing this gets tons of slugs! Which, I'm not worried about - but the wife is!!
     
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    Yes it would work. A friend of mine uses cardboard generously in her huge garden to good effect
    I would prefer using a membrane topped with woodchip though; the cardboard rots quite quickly :)
     
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      enginestar Apprentice Gardener

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      any idea where to get woodchip from?
      some guides i read... i need a LOT
      i thought it would be mega cheap...
      i try googling and am not finding anywhere?
      thanks

      and membrane... actually... i think this will be our best option tbh
       
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      We can get it cheap from the Council down here. It should be available locally though enginestar at reasonable cost if you ask around
      You could use just the membrane under the trampoline surely:)
       
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      thks
      i'll ask around

      i'm on a mission to get the whole garden down - including under the trampoline :)
       
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      Becarefull with some wood chips as you could get slinters (depand on wood chips) you may be better looking at wood shaving
       
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        If it's an area that children use like around the trampoline I would use bark chippings as being kinder on bare feet and softer to land on.
         
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        Agree with JWK about bark chippings :)
         
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        B&Q sell bags of bark chippings especially for play areas etc. They also do them in different colours eg brown/orange/red/green.
         
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