Weed control - a game you can stay ahead of, but
While landscape fabric prevents any buried weed seeds from becoming full-grown weeds, it may not stop the tougher weeds from pushing up. Before laying your fabric, you must deal with these. If you already have per-planted flowers, cut slits in your landscape fabric where needed. Then work from the edge to the middle and unroll it over the bed, tucking the flaps around the plants as you go. Make x-shaped incisions in the fabric where you wish to plant new ones. They must be just large enough to dig a hole for the root balls of the plants. Fewer and smaller the holes you put in the fabric. Landscape fabric should be installed over ground that has been smoothed out. If laid over twigs, stones or existing weeds, it could be punctured. Although most brands of landscape fabric now available are now UV-stabilized, meaning they will hold against sunlight. But applying mulch on top will also increase the landscape fabric. Remember, however, that organic mulches like bark will decompose eventually so a shallow layer is the best course of action. Even stone mulches can be susceptible to germination. Be aware that the deeper the layer of stones, the more organic matter that will get trapped. If you are applying your weed suppressing membrane over a large area, make sure your overlapping sheets of landscape fabric has at least a 3-inch overlap, although, to be on the safe side, you may want to double that. If it's windy outside when you're installing landscape fabric, weigh it down with anything heavy you can find (as you can see I did, in the photo), so that it won't blow. Secure it permanently with ground pegs, but there is no need to go crazy with them since the mulch will help hold the landscape fabric down anyway. After it is secured, apply your mulch, spreading it evenly. Having made x-shaped incisions in your weed suppressing membrane, you can start planting. Bear in mind that you should minimize potential weed-seed germination by spilling less soil. Lift up the flaps, dig a hold of insert you plant. Then, position the four flaps, leaving minimal space for weeds to exploit. The mulch should then be applied to your area. Landscaping fabric tips While black plastic does prevent weeds, landscaping fabric allows your soil to breathe and is more effective. Heavy woven polypropylene has proven to be the most effective for stopping weeds. The best type is UV-treated to withstand the sun to stop it decomposing. 3.Weeds can grow anywhere that allows germination. Therefore, your weeds can grow if wind blows soil or seeds onto the surface. After your mulch breaks down it will create the right environment for weed growth. A quick application of herbicide should solve these problems. 4.Usually, the problem is due to improper installation of the fabric, but very rarely, the more stubborn weeds can get through. In this exceptional circumstance, herbicide application may be needed. 5. Be aware that there is a coating on the material to make it roll better and water will only be able to get through after a day or two. 6.The anchoring pins for your landscaping fabric should be roughly every 3 to 5 feet apart.