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FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
edited January 2019 in Problem solving
Evening all!
I’m in the process of installing a new veg raised bed area and I’m undecided on path material. It’s in full view and close to the house so wanted it to look good, but I can’t put in anything permanent as this area will be moved again in 2 or 3 years once other areas are sorted. I’m currently thinking of weed membrane and bark - does bark harbour slugs/snails? I’ve never used it. Just wondered what others might have?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,867
    I have ornamental back on borders over a membrane in my front garden.
    The blackbirds distribute it all over the place. I have seen worms and snails/slugs hiding under the bark which I guess is why the blackbirds enjoy foraging through it.
    It has been there for many, many years and just gets topped up every few years
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  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Mmmm I guess at least the birds are looking for them lol! I put a pond in a year ago and had a fair few froglets in the garden during summer- I’m hoping some have survived and will help fight the good fight! I did consider gravel, haven’t ruled it out yet...
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    I would say bark is your best bet as it's temporary you could use a membrane or if you can get it a couple of layers of cardboard will do the job, slugs etc I would not worry as Pete mentioned the birds like to forage in it so any will be eaten.

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  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Thanks Hampshire hog thanks Hampshire hog. I did think about cardboard, wasn’t sure if it would make a bit of a mess once it starts breaking down? On an allotment I wouldn’t think twice but as it’s on full show in the garden I’m a bit unsure?
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    @Flinster I've used cardboard both on its own and under bark paths it will break down eventually as the worms and microorganisms work on it, but it's green and a good way of recycling just remember to remove any staples and adhesive tape  :) 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,867
    I think I'd go the membrane/bark route.
    Mine is full of bugs as it's been there for 20+ years and topped up every 3-4 years.
    If it's only temporary it's unlikely it'll get colonized with nasty beasties.
    The blackbirds will still investigate though...
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  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Thanks guys. I might do both as I have some spare membrane from another project but if there isn’t enough then I will top up with cardboard! 😀
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