Landscaping fabric can be used to separate plants and prevent weeds from growing between them. The fabric is dark in color, a design aimed at blocking sunlight from reaching the soil, which can keep weeds from growing. Before you divide plants with landscaping fabric, you should prepare the ground and then prepare the fabric and plants for planting.
Use the weed trimmer to cut down the weeds as close to the ground as you can get them. If some of the weeds are easy to pull out, remove them by hand. If you want to pull the weeds by hand, wet the soil first to loosen the ground for easier pulling.
Lay the landscaping fabric out. Use the scissors to cut the fabric to the size of the area where you will put the plants. Make sure to cover all areas with the fabric because wees will grow in any area that is left uncovered. If you must use rows of fabric to cover the garden, overlap the seams by 1 inch.
Make "X" cuts in the landscaping fabric where you will put the plants. The cuts should be large enough to allow you to dig a hole and fit the plant root balls through them.
Use the gardening shovel to dig the hole deep enough for the root ball. Place the plant through the "X" and replace the dirt that you dug out. Pat down the soil. Repeat this step until you have all of the plants situated.
Place a 1 inch layer of mulch or decorative stone over the fabric. Keep a clear 1 inch perimeter around the plants. This will allow the plant to spread out as it grows and the sunlight to reach the roots and soil around the plant.