How to Garden With Landscape Fabric


A versatile material for even the novice gardener, landscape fabric allows you to control weeds and add beautifying accents to your outdoor environment. Gardening with landscape fabric gives you the creative ability to design walkways, borders and other embellishments. With a few heavy duty rolls of landscape fabric, you can design an attractive and easy-to-maintain botanical garden in your yard. It's an easy task, even for those who are just beginning with landscape fabric use.

Step 1

Measure the area in your yard where you want to create a garden. Match your landscape material to the measurements of the land you choose. An 8-foot-by-5-foot garden plot will require the same amount of landscape fabric.

Step 2

Remove any weeds or debris from the plot of land.

Step 3

Lay the sheet of landscape fabric over the cleared area. Smooth it out, making sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric.

Step 4

Cover the entire surface of the fabric sheet with a 3-inch layer of decorative gravel. The style of landscape rock you choose is entirely up to you.

Step 5

Line the borders of the gravel-covered landscape fabric with larger decorative bordering stones. Like the choice of gravel, color and style of the stones are up to you.

Step 6

Create a circular flower bed in the center of the graveled area with large border stones. Make the circle as large or as small as you want it to be.

Step 7

Layer over the gravel within the circular rock formation with approximately 1 foot of potting soil.

Step 8

Place established flower plants of your choice in the soil. Decorative plants include rose bushes, daisies, lavender spikes and many others. Alternatively, you can plant assorted flower seeds.

Step 9

Place assorted planter boxes along the borders of the graveled landscape fabric to add more foliage and flora to the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Roll of landscape fabric (heavy duty)
  • Tape measure
  • Decorative gravel
  • Border stones
  • Potting soil
  • Mulch
  • Assorted plants


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