You may be getting tired of those nasty weeds that have been growing around your garden and ruining all the work you've put into designing that perfect garden. There's a way to deal with weeds and help you cut down on the time you spend maintaining your garden. Landscape fabrics are used widely by landscapers to control the growth of weeds in gardens. It deprives particular areas of garden of sunlight so the weeds won't grow but the material is porous enough for moisture and air to go through to provide your soil with enough nourishment. This is a better alternative from the black plastic material you see used in some gardens which blocks out everything from the sun to the air and water needed by the soil your plants need to grow. You can install the landscape fabric in and around areas in your garden to control the weeds from ruining your garden and plants.
- Make a layout of the area you wish to cover. Make a layout of the area you are going to cover with landscape fabric. You can use twigs and string to mark out the area or anything you see fit to distinguish the area. Make sure you've decided on the look and design you want to achieve for your garden before you layout the landscape fabric so you would save time and effort.
- Clear the area you have marked. Now that you have identified which area you want to lay landscape fabric on, you will need to clear this area from existing weeds and other debris that may lie in the area. A rake will come in handy to deal with the weeds and debris. Make sure the area is clear of all weeds and smooth out the soil. Check if there are no sharp twigs, roots or rocks that could damage the fabric.
- Lay down the landscape fabric. Once you have cleared the marked out area of weeds and debris you may now lay down the landscape fabric. You may have designed the area in a certain shape so you may have to cut the fabric to follow the shape of the area. When your fabric is ready, lay it out on the area and secure it with anchor pins. Space the anchor pins out at about 3 or 5 feet apart.
- Cut holes in the landscape fabric for plants. You may put in plants in the fabric by cutting a hole in the desired area. Mark out the spot and make a cut. You can cut an x on the fabric and later fold the flaps under the fabric. Make the cut just enough to accommodate the plant. Later you can cover the surrounding area with bark chips, mulch or stone.
- Install landscape fabric on pathways. You can lay out landscape fabric on your desired pathway following the same procedure then covering the fabric with mulch, bark chips or stone.
Weeds are pests in our gardens. If not maintained they can ruin your plants and garden. Extra effort is always needed to clear our gardens from weeds. Landscape fabric offers a better and effective way to deal with weeds and maximizes the time we have to take care of our plants.