While weed-free gardening is impossible, having fewer weeds can be a reality when weed fabric is installed in planting areas. The fabrics are made of either a woven or non-woven material that serves as a barrier to weeds, giving gardeners more time to enjoy their plants, rather than weeding. Installing the fabric is simple and can last for many growing seasons.
Clear the area of weeds with a rake or hoe.
Unroll the fabric and place it on the ground, allowing the ends to overlap by 6 to 8 inches.
Secure the fabric with rocks while installing. Use galvanized wire or plastic stakes to permanently keep the fabric in place. Remove the rocks or pavers used to temporarily weigh the fabric down.
Spread a layer of planting mix over the fabric, using a shovel. The layer should be 1 to 2 inches thick. Use a rake to smooth and even out the material. Use a pair of gardening shears to cut through the areas where plants will be placed.