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Installing landscape fabric for weed control
20th April 2021

Installing landscape fabric for weed control

Installing landscape fabric for weed control

 

One of the best ways to suppress weeds in your garden soil is to lay a sheet of landscape fabric. Such fabric is excellent at weed control and can be used to cover large areas prone to weeds. Once the fabric is laid, a variety of mulches or aggregates can be used to produce a very pleasing aesthetic on top of the fabric.

 

Here is the process for laying landscape fabric to suppress weeds.

 

Remove all Weeds, Plants and Other Vegetation

 

Before laying down the landscape fabric on the soil for weed control, you must remove every single weed, plant or grass that is already growing there. You want to dig them out at the root as some hardy vegetation can still grow even when covered with a groundsheet.

 

Another option is to use some kind of herbicide or weed killer, especially if you have an infestation of weeds that have creeping rootstalks (rhizomes) which work their way underground horizontally.

 

Remove Debris and Level the Soil

 

Remove all debris such as uprooted plants, twigs and weed stems and begin raking the soil to level it out. Look out for any stones or other sharp materials that could damage the landscape fabric. Rake the soil gently until the surface of the soil is flat and smooth.

 

Lay the Landscape Fabric

 

You can buy landscape fabric per square metre, but it will often come in rolls. Either way, you want to the fabric running lengthways along the longer part of the area being covered to suppress weeds. Cut the fabric with a sharp utility knife once it has reached the required length. If you need more than one row of the fabric, then repeat the process and make sure to overlap the two rows by at least 6 or 7cm to ensure the soil under the connecting rows is fully covered.

 

You can weigh the fabric down with heavy stones to keep it in place temporarily, but you should use large gardening staples to keep the landscape fabric in place in the long term. Make sure you get each corner secured with a staple, then look to add another every two to three metres. Bear in mind that if you are planning on using a ground covering mulch or aggregate on top of the landscape fabric, then you will need less staples as the aggregate will help hold the landscape fabric in place.

 

Cover the Landscape Fabric

 

There are lots of options for covering the landscape fabric, including different types of aggregate such as shingle or gravel to create a pathway. Another option is to use bark mulch which maintains a nice natural appearance and is better for growing plants.

 

Grow Plants Through the Landscape Fabric

 

To grow or plant plants in the area covered by the fabric, cut small X-shapes in the fabric where the plants will go. Only cut enough for the plant or bulb to fit snugly through the X-shape, and fold the X-flaps back in place after the plant is planted.

 

If you require weed control landscape fabric to help you suppress weeds in your soil, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.