We are often asked about the appropriate use of landscape fabric. This is not surprising considering the counter-intuitive nature of something to prevent growth being added to a garden.
Typically landscape fabric use should be limited to:
- Garden borders / near edging to avoid weeds and encroachment of grass
- Underneath Landscape Stone, such as potato stone or flagstone
- Under Mulched areas where no perennials are present
To add landscape fabric, you should adhere to the following steps:
- Dig or pull any existing weeds
- Rake through the soil to smooth the area, pick up any debris in the soil
- Unroll the landscape fabric starting at one edge and working across
- Cut the fabric using a sharp utility knife or scissors so it fits the space and ensure 12” extra in overlap areas to prevent weeds sneaking through gaps.
- If required cut slits to accommodate existing plants
- Smooth fabric and secure
- Cover in mulch or landscape stone as desired