Pulling WeedsHave you found pulling weeds to be a pain in the back throughout the summer. Installed landscape fabric may be just the answer to your back strain! When installed properly, landscape fabric really helps to hold back unwanted weeds from growing. The porous fabric in landscape fabric still allows water, air and fertilizer to get to the soil. Cutting small holes in the fabric allows you to grow plants in the area.

How to Lay Landscaping Fabric

Step 1. Clear the area of weeds and debris where you want the landscaping fabric to be placed. You can dig up or pull the weeds and old plants you want removed from the landscaped area.

Step 2. Rotate the soil with a fork or garden tiller. If you have existing plants or plan to add a few plants in the landscaped area, then it would be good to add compost or fertilizer into the soil in this step.

Step 3. Smooth the ground using a metal rake. Discard any visible rocks, roots, twigs, etc. as these objects will tear through the landscape fabric over time. Rake smooth again.

Step 4. Unroll the landscape fabric. Beginning at the edge of the garden bed, place the landscape fabric on the ground lengthwise and cut to length with a little bit extra to trim after installing the staples. If you have an existing plant or bush, cut small slits in the landscape fabric just large enough to fit around the stem of each plant. Slide over plant and re-position the landscape fabric around the plant root.

  • Make your X only a little larger than the plant stem. If you make your slits to large for the plants, this will allow weeds to germinate.  As the plant(s) grow, just cut away a little bit more.

Step 5. Use a pair of scissors or sharp utility knife to cut the landscaping fabric to fit the area. If you are covering a large area, repeat steps 4 and 5 until entire garden area has been covered. It is important to overlap the pieces by about 12 inches to prevent weeds from growing in between the gaps.

Step 6. Walk over the garden bed and smooth down any of the landscape fabric that has lumps in it. Press a landscape staple through the fabric and directly into the ground every couple of feet including the joints where the two sheets overlap. Then secure the outside edges of the landscape fabric in the same manner.

Step 7. To put any new plants just cut an X into the landscaping fabric with a pair of scissors where you want your plant positioned. Dig a small hole enough to accommodate your new plant under the X that you just cut. Plant your new plant, cover the roots with soil and re-position the landscape fabric around the root of your new plant.

Step 8. Cover the finished landscape fabric with about 2 inches of mulch. Do not pile up the mulch against the stems of your plants. You’ll want to maintain 2 to 3 inch layer of fresh mulch over the soil. If a weed pops up through that, it will be easy to pull. If the mulch is any deeper than that, weeds will definitely begin to grow, also it will be more difficult for water and nutrients to reach the soil.

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