Weed Cloth For Gardens



An effective way to help keep weeds away is to use the weed cloth for gardens. This is the ideal tool in the gardener’s arsenal for stopping weed growth in landscapes and planting areas.

This product is a unique blend of woven geotextile for strength and nonwoven fabric for improved drainage. The hybrid landscape fabric is ideal for residential and commercial landscapes, nurseries, or for backyard flower beds.

When installing the fabric the woven side can be laid face up so that the planting markers are visible. These markers indicate even interval spacings for plants and are useful for large applications with many plantings.

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  • Series: Weed Barrier Fabric
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How To Install Weed Cloth Or Landscape Fabric In Gardens

Frequently gardeners are frustrated by the constant intrusion of weeds in gardening areas. A heavy-duty weed cloth can prove to be a major asset in the suppression of weed growth and therefore can reduce the amount of labor required by the gardener to keep the area weed free. If you are ready to try landscape fabric in your garden, you must know how to apply it correctly or you could run the risk of killing your plants. In this article, you will be given easy steps for installing this fabric and turning your garden bed into a beautiful place.

Landscape fabric comes in the form of sheets made from polyester, polypropylene, linen, or recycled materials. Outside of weed cloth, landscape fabric is known as weed block fabric, garden fabric, weed control fabric, and weed barrier fabric. If you want to use this cloth around tree saplings, we'll show you how.

Usually, this fabric comes in rolls so you can easily spread it across your garden to create an excellent weed barrier. Landscape fabric will control erosion, hold moisture, and insulate the soil. Landscape fabrics allow water and oxygen to reach the soil due to their porous nature.

Finished Garden Beds

Large Garden Bed Area

Which Landscape Fabric is Best for Your Needs

Before you decide to roll out landscape fabric and place the stakes into the ground, you need to know the differences between landscape fabrics. I doubt you want to spend an entire day installing landscape fabric only to find out it's not the kind of fabric you want installed in your flower bed. So, let's get started:

Woven Fabric

Woven landscape fabric is made of woven linen or polypropylene. There are small holes between the weaves allowing water nutrients and air to reach the soil. Woven landscape fabric is an excellent weed blocker for flower beds where plants are not changed out very often. It's also great for trees and shrubs.

Non-Woven Fabric

This fabric is a solid sheet of non-woven material usually made of polyester or polypropylene. Non-woven is not the best choice for your vegetable and flower gardens because it's not as absorbent as some landscape fabrics. You need to install it below your rock garden, rock mulch, and rock pathway to stop soils from sinking into the ground.

Spun Fabric

Spun fabric is another non-woven material made of long polyester fibers that are bonded together with heat or compression. Usually, it's absorbent in order to let water and air pass through, Its thicker alternatives are not as porous but the thicker, heavy-duty fabric is used by many gardeners as a physical barrier around their gardens to keep out invasive grass and pests.

Use thick spun fabrics under rock mulch and pathways and even behind retaining walls to stop soil from escaping. On the other hand, use thin spun fabric in flower beds where digging is not normally carried out.

Perforated Fabric

This landscape fabric is lightweight and has small holes making it a great choice for vegetable and flower gardens, especially if new plants are being added.

What Supplies You Need On Hand
• A tape measure
• A shovel or garden trowel
• A garden hoe
• Bow rake
• Landscape staples
• Scissors or utility knife
• Rubber hammer or mallet
• Garden gloves
• Chosen landscape fabric
• Choice in mulch
• Your plants
• Herbicide if needed

Cleaning Weeds from Landscaping

Gardener Clearing Weeds

Installing Landscape Fabric

One – Measure The Area - You have to measure the area of your garden using the tape measure in order to know how much fabric and staples you are going to need. If your garden is 2 feet wide and 10 feet long, you will need 20 square feet or more of the fabric to cover the entire area. Note, it's a good idea to purchase extra fabric to ensure you have enough to fold under the edges. Make sure you have enough staples for every foot of fabric needed for the edges and interior areas. Also, you will need at least 4 garden staples for each plant you bring in and enough staples to cover the overlapping fabric.

Installing Weed Barrier

Weed Barrier Fabric in Garden Bed Area

Two – Get Rid Of All Existing Weeds - You have to clear the entire garden area before you can install the fabric. Pull up all the sprouting weeds using a garden hoe or by hand then slice the seeds down to the roots. Another alternative, use a herbicide. If you prefer to use a herbicide, after the application you will have to wait for at least 2 weeks before you can install the fabric.

Three – Rake The Soil Using Your Bow Rake
- Thoroughly comb through the garden bed using the bow rake to collect all dead weeds, dry weeds, twigs, and debris. You must have a clean area before installing the fabric.

Four – Level The Ground  - After the garden bed is cleared of all debris, take the garden rake, spread the soil, and level the ground.

Five – Add Soil Modifications  - You will not be able to access the soil for a while after you have installed the fabric. Therefore, this is the time to make any soil modifications you might need such as adding fertilizer or compost.

Six – It's Time To Unroll The Landscape Fabric

After all your hard work, it's time to unroll or roll out the landscape fabric across the entire garden bed making sure you have a few extra inches of material to go along the edges.

If you have to roll out several pieces of fabric, make sure each sheet has a 6 to 12-inch overlap. This is very important because not having good overlapping fabric will give weeds the chance to sprout. Don't forget to allow for a few extra inches of fabric for the edges. Always read the instructions that come with the fabric including which side is up and which side is face down. In most cases, the fuzzy side should be face down.

Using Weed Fabric in Garden

Using Weed Cloth in Garden

Seven – Drive In The Fabric Stakes  - Now is the time to use the multiple staples you purchased. Start from one edge of the garden and work your way around. You have to fold the extra material underneath the fabric. Cutting the extra material is not a good idea because the fabric could fray, especially if you are using woven fabric.

Once you have driven in the stakes with your hammer or mallet, pull on the fabric to make it taut and keep going from one side of the garden to the other. Be sure to drive in the staples every foot along the edges of the fabric and the interior area. Do Not forget to drive in staples where the fabric overlaps.

Handful of Weeds

Gardener with Handful of Weeds

Eight – Time To Plant Your Flowers And Shrubs  - First and foremost, make sure the fabric is snug and secure in the garden bed! Decide where you want to plant your flowers and shrubs. Use a sharp utility knife and make an x-shaped incision in the fabric where you want to place a plant. Make sure the incision is only large enough for the plant's root ball.

Fold back the incision to create a square opening to dig. Dig the hole for the root ball, insert the plant, and backfill the hole with soil. After you have packed in the soil, fold the triangles back down and staple them into the ground. Repeat each process for each individual plant you will be adding to your garden bed.

Nine – Add Mulch  - If you want to add a beautiful touch to your flower bed, add 2 inches of mulch on top of the fabric. Although this is only an option, leaving the fabric exposed can be a real eyesore. Both organic and inorganic mulch will add beautiful textures and some color to the flower bed. Consider using bark mulch or river rocks for a really nice look.

How To Install Landscape Fabric Around Objects

If you need to install fabric around a tree, the process is pretty much the same with a few modifications. You will get further instructions further down in the article.

If you want to install fabric in a vegetable garden, use a woven porous fabric. Unfortunately, gardeners have found harvesting vegetables and digging new holes will start to tear up the fabric. Also, the weed barrier can harm the health of the soil over time. Many gardeners have chosen not to use landscape fabric in their vegetable gardens. If you want to use something else, other than fabric, consider cardboard, burlap, or newspaper.

Installing Fabric With Edging

If you are concerned about weeds popping up between the fabric and edging, there is an easy solution. Leave several inches of extra fabric on the garden's edge. Dig a trench around the garden bed where you want to install edging. Take the extra fabric and wrap it under the bottom layer of edging material and sink it into the trench. Also, the edging will hold the fabric in place.

If your garden already has edging, then simply tuck the fabric between the soil and the edging. Keep in mind, that if you install the extra fabric beneath the edging, you will have to temporarily remove the edging when you replace the landscape fabric.

If you want to install a tree seedling using landscape fabric, cut a small hole in the center of a 4-foot-by4-foot or 6-foot-by-6-foot square in the fabric and then make the hole larger. This hole is where the seedling will be placed. As the tree grows, cut back the landscape fabric to make the hole large. If you don't, the fabric could girdle the tree.

Pulling a Large Weed

Removing a Large Weed