Hi all, Just wanted to winge about and seek advice on the layer of black plastic weed barrier that covers all the landscaped areas of my yard. What the previous owner did was lay the plastic covered with a gravel mulch around various useless exotic ornamental plants. For a short while this might have looked somewhat attractive but over the years it has turned into a dried out tangled mat of weeds, stones, and litter from the half dead plants. I can only imagine that black plastic has the same effects on the soil it would have if wrapped around my head; dehydration, starvation, and asphyxiation. Which is probably why they needed to install an irrigation system and buy a shed full of fertilizers and herbicide in a desperate and expensive attemp to keep the garden in order, until eventually giving up, defeated, never to garden again. My point is that black plastic weed barrier seems like an amazing way to weaken plants, destroy soil, raise water consumption, increase the apparent need for fertilizers and various 'cides, all the while encouraging the growth of...get ready... WEEDS! Are there any tips out there for getting rid of this enemy of the suburban permaculture garden renovator. I've tried pulling it up but it's a slow and painful process. Hopefully there's a better suggestion out there. Cheers, Darren .