How to Install Weed Barrier Cloth
Nicely landscaped beds make your yard look great. Keeping weeds out of your garden can be a difficult assignment. You can try to pull them as soon as they appear, but a few days later, they grow back again. It is a constant battle to keep your garden beds weed free. To solve this problem, many people install weed barrier cloth to help prevent weeds from growing. Done right, weed barrier cloth can keep your landscape beds weed free for years to come.
Considerations Before Installing Weed Barrier Cloth
Weed barrier cloth works well in new gardens where there are not a lot of weeds to start. In more established beds, it is harder to remove the weeds before laying the barrier cloth because you do not know if you removed the whole weed. Several factors should be considered before installing weed cloth. First, if you are still adding plants, weed barrier cloth can be a pain to deal with because you will have to make new holes in it every time you add a plant. In addition, moving plants creates the same type of problem. Good planning is the key to getting good results.
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Easy to Follow Instructions for Installing Weed Barrier Cloth
Remove Existing Vegetation
If you are starting a new garden bed, mark the area either with a string, a hose, or use spray paint. Remove grass, sod, and any weeds that are in the new bed. It is a good idea to spray Round Up on this area and wait a week to ten days for it to work its way out of the soil. Keep the area watered to see if any weeds or grass comes back. Repeat the Round Up if necessary. Placing weed barrier over weeds will not work. They will grow through the barrier cloth and will become difficult, if not impossible to remove without tearing out the barrier cloth out..
Prep the Soil
It is important to prep the soil with compost or other soil amendments because once the weed barrier cloth is in place; it will prevent you from amending the soil. Till the soil and mix the nutrients in to a depth of 4-6 inches.
Mapping out Your Garden
Figure out where you want to plant your plants. Take your time and be sure that you have everything just right. Once the fabric is put into place, it is harder to move plants around. Some people suggest laying the barrier cloth first, but it is easier to dig holes before the cloth is laid down. Do not plant anything at this point; just make sure that the holes are big enough to fit your plants. The reason that you do not want to plant anything at this stage is that it is a major hassle to cut a hole and fit the cloth over the plant. Plus there is a high probability of damage to branches or stems on your plants doing it that way.
Install the Weed Barrier Cloth
Cover the garden bed with the barrier cloth. Cut off any excess with a sharp pair of scissors or a good knife. It is a good idea to put something on the edges to hold the cloth in place until you finish planting. Home improvement stores sell landscape pins to hold the cloth in place, but a few sticks or rocks are fine until you have finished planting and then I would suggest covering the cloth with either mulch or garden rocks.
Planting Your Garden
Cut an “x” in the cloth and fold the ends inside. Do not cut holes the size of the root ball because it leaves room for weeds to grow. Put the plants in the ground and use additional soil as needed. Pull the end of the cloth back out and place around the plant to cover as much as the hole as needed.
Cover the Barrier Cloth
Cover the barrier cloth with mulch or landscape stone to hold the fabric in place and to improve the look of the bed. I prefer the look of mulch myself, but the landscape stone may work better with the barrier cloth because the stones do not decay. Eventually, the mulch decays and creates a layer of soil over the top of weed barrier cloth. Over about a ten-year period, there is enough decay to where weeds can begin to grow on top of the cloth. Fertilize the plants and water thoroughly.
Finally, enjoy your garden. The cloth should last easily five to ten years. Happy gardening!