Dear CJ,
I have a number of cactus and succulent varieties planted in the ground and they are doing much better than when they were in pots.

I am not too happy about the weeds among them.

After pulling all the weeds, should I cover the ground with medium sized redwood chips, clean rocks, or what? What I want is to have something easy enough to move aside to add more plants when needed and also something which will deter the weeds?

Thanks for your help.

We recommend gravel or lava, some kind of rock mulch that is rough, not smooth, and will dry out quickly. Also, we can recommend Corn Gluten, either liquid or pellet, after you’ve pulled the weeds as a pre-emergent herbicide.