I am currently undertaking quite a large Garden overhaul. The existing Garden was generally left to overgrow by the previous owner, and i have since begun with the clearing etc.
I have several areas that have been cleared, and huge amounts of ivy removed. I am wanting to mulch/cover these 'finished' areas over the winter/spring to stop any weeds from settling.
Whilst i don't have carpet/cardboard at my disposal, i'm looking at the option of mulching heavily with local Barley straw. I'm talking quite large areas, so opting for straw rather than weed suppressant membrane.
I am looking for a temp/permanent solution, as i envisage many areas will remain un-planted for a good couple of seasons...