How to Lay Landscape Fabric

Lay landscape fabric to prevent weeds in a flowerbed. image by kevinrosseel:


Landscape fabric is a porous material that gardeners place on top of the soil to prevent weeds. Landscape fabric comes in a roll and to install it you must cut it to fit among plants and trees in landscaping areas. The benefit of landscaping fabric is that it will reduce the number of weeds that grow in flowerbeds and gardens without reducing air and moisture in the soil.

Step 1

Plan your landscape area if it is not already established. Lay the rope down on the ground along the perimeter of your desired landscaping area. Adjust it until you are satisfied with the planting area. Measure the perimeter and then multiply the length by the width to get a rough estimate of the entire area. Purchase enough landscaping fabric to cover the area.

Step 2

Spread the tarp on the ground near the future landscaping area. Remove any weeds and grass from the landscaping area with the spade and shovel. Place the materials you remove from the area onto the prepared tarp for easy clean-up. Rake the entire area to make it smooth and level prior to laying the landscape fabric.

Step 3

Dig holes and plant any shrubs or plants if you will be adding plants to the area. Water the new plants generously.

Step 4

Place the roll of landscape fabric at one end of the planting area and begin to unroll the fabric. As you unroll, stop when you come to plants and cut holes for the plants with the scissors. Spread the landscaping fabric along the entire length of the area. If the area is wider than the landscaping fabric, spread another length of landscaping fabric to cover the entire area with fabric. Overlap sections of landscaping fabric by approximately 1 inch to ensure complete coverage.

Step 5

Place anchor pins along the fabric edges, spacing them every 3 feet to secure the landscape fabric to the ground. If you are securing a section where two fabric sections overlap, make sure the anchor pins go through both sections of fabric.

Step 6

Add at least 2 inches of mulch over the landscaping fabric to cover the fabric adequately. Spread the mulch carefully with the rake, making sure you do not disturb the landscape fabric in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope
  • Tape measure
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Tarp
  • Rake
  • Roll of landscape fabric
  • Scissors
  • Anchor pins
  • Hammer
  • Mulch


  • Landscape Fabric
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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