hello im new to the forum... i bought my home last year and it was new construction. the landscaing was done before i bought the house. my planters and borders around my house have red wood chips/bark and various types of plants and shrubs. i t looked excellent for the first 8 months and was easy to control the weeds as there were only a few here and there. well, i have lived in the house for a year and a half now and i am fighting a battle with crab grass and weeds in my planters.the weeds are growing on top of the the felt under the wood chips..so when i pull the weeds they come out easily. BUT...they have taken over parts of my planters and come back as fast as i pull them. with all the rain in the southest its hard to get out there sometimes and pul all the weeds... ive done some research and maybe you guys can help me. im considering removing all the red wood chips and weeds, and putting down pine straw over the felt weed barrier. my neighbor has done this and she says that she gets hardly any weeds anymore. i have also read that the landscaping barks and wood chipps can sometimes carry weed seeds before they even get layed down on your property... any suggestions? should i go with pine straw?