How to Put Landscaping Fabric

Landscape fabric is an essential material in making sure that the plants will grow well by controlling the growth of weeds. With landscape fabric over the gardening bed, weeds are deprived of sunlight, the very thing that helps their growth. This is also used to make qipao and fashion clothing.

However, to get the best results, you have to properly place it over the gardening bed. So, here are some do’s and don’ts for you to follow:

Materials:

•             Shovel

•             Tiller

•             Garden Fork

•             Compost

•             Rake

•             Landscape fabric

•             Utility knife

•             Sharp scissors

•             Landscape staples

•             Mulch

Do’s.

1. Make sure the garden bed is weed-free.

Think of this as prepping the gardening bed. The whole point of putting landscape fabric over it is to ensure the healthy growth of the other plants without the weeds. Thus, before you start, you have to make sure that the bed is almost completely, if not completely, rid of weeds. Dig or pull out any of them that are already there so that you can start with a weed-free garden bed.

2. Make sure the soil is prepared.

There are a lot of things you need to do to ensure that the soil is well-prepped for the kind of plant you want to grow. You can do this by using a fork or tiller to turn the soil and add compost or anything that you need to put to your soil.

3. Smooth the area.

Still, with the soil, use a rake to smooth it out. Oftentimes, there are other things in it that do not belong and will only hinder the nice growth of the plants. These things can be rocks, twigs, sticks, and debris. Make sure to take them all out.

4. Unroll and lay the landscape fabric.

Now, it’s time to lay the fabric. Unroll and place it over the gardening bed lengthwise. Start from one side, going across to the other.

5. Cut the fabric to fit the area.

The size will not be always exact. More often than not, it won’t be. You may use scissors to cut the edges of the fabric and make it fit the bed well. If there are extra fabrics on some sides, you may use those to cover areas that the fabric didn’t reach.

6. Make room for plants.

You may already have plants planted in your gardening bed, but that’s not a problem. You may just cut slits in the fabric to make room for the plants. Make sure to put the slit around the stem of each plant.

7. Smooth the fabric on top of the soil.

With a landscape staple, smooth and secure the fabric over the soil. Staple the edges as well as the overlapped fabrics. There should be no bumps.

8. Now mark future plant locations with X.

You may plan to put more plants in the gardening bed in the future; plan the locations ahead by cutting an X on the fabric above them.

9. Put mulch over the fabric.

Finally, put 2 inches of much on top of the landscape fabric. Place it in a way that it surrounds the plants, but not piled up on the stem.

Don’ts:

1. Don’t have just enough fabric. It doesn’t matter if it’s Chinese fabrics for landscapes or not. Always have an extra in case something goes wrong.

2. Don’t NOT overlap. It’s called overlapping for a reason. There should be at least 12 inches of fabrics overlapping each other.

CONCLUSION:

Now, you’re ready to rid your gardening bed of weeds. You can follow the same steps with your other gardening beds.

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