Weeds, grass and other plants that grow too closely to your young tree seedlings can be detrimental to the tree's health. As the other plants grow, they will compete for the same water and nutrients that your tree needs to survive, thrive and grow. A combination of landscape fabric and mulch spread around your tree seedlings will keep the grass and weeds from growing.
Clean the area around the tree seedlings from weeds, grass, twigs, stones and other debris. Smooth the area out with a rake.
Unroll the fabric over the planting bed. Trim it accordingly to match the size and curves of your planting bed.
Cut slits in the landscape fabric to fit around your tree seedlings. Lay the fabric on the bed and carefully pull each slit over each. Enlarge the slit as necessary to keep stress off the plants.
Secure the fabric with landscape staples. Overlap and secure the slits down with small pieces of landscape fabric and staples. Any exposed slits will allow weeds and other plants to grow up and through the mulch.
Apply two to three inches of mulch over the landscape fabric.