How to Install Landscape Fabric

Overview

Landscape fabric is a way to decrease weeds and retain moisture in growing beds for plants. The fabric material is constructed from synthetic fibers. These fibers for the most part are sunlight resistant and will last for many years on top of the ground if covered by a thin layer of mulch. The fabric is made in such a way that water can move down through the fabric but weeds cannot grow up through the woven material. Landscape fabric comes in various widths and lengths.

Step 1

Clean the garden bed with the garden rake to remove all unwanted weeds, old vegetation and rocks. Level the soil with the back of the rake.

Step 2

Roll out the landscape fabric to the length of the garden bed. Cut the fabric to length with a pair of scissors or a razor knife.

Step 3

Slide the fabric over the growing bed. Use the knife or scissors to cut slits into the fabric to fit around existing plants or trees.

Step 4

Spread the fabric out so it covers over the entire bed. You may have to cut multiple pieces in order to fully conceal the growing bed area. Overlap sections of adjoining fabric by 3 inches. Use the knife or scissors to cut the fabric to match any growing bed contours or special designs.

Step 5

Hold the fabric in place by inserting the fabric anchors along the edges of the material every 3 feet to 5 feet apart.

Step 6

Cover the landscape fabric with your choice of mulch. The mulch will conceal the fabric and aid in retaining moisture to the growing bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden rake
  • Landscape fabric
  • Scissors or razor knife
  • Fabric anchors
  • Mulch

References

  • Danny Lipford: Installing Landscape Fabric
  • BackyardStyle.com: Installing Landscape Fabric
Keywords: weed control, mulch, growing bed

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