Weed-Blocking Landscape Fabric: Tips for Proper Installation


The quality of the landscaping fabric you employ is only as good as the preparation you put into the project’s grounds. The best performance and longest-lasting outcomes are more likely with appropriate practice, yet many people install weed barriers directly over an already existing or barely prepared area.

To Begin

The first step is to take measurements and draw a boundary. Inverted marking paint is the standard tool for experts, but you may use everything from thread to sticks to pebbles to a hose. Make sure you have landscape fabric on hand before you begin your project by picking some up or placing an order.

Clear the area of any plants.

Remove all plants from the indicated regions of your project. There are several methods for clearing an area of plants and flora.

Our standard procedure is to apply two coats of a non-selective herbicide-like roundup to lawns that will soon be covered and converted into planting fields. First, ensure the area is actively developing before applying the herbicide. Start watering the site 5–7 days after treatment to help grow everything that survived and any viable seeds. It is necessary to use the pesticide again. You can always try again if you feel it’s essential.

The first few inches of grass are sometimes removed with a sod cutter. After the weeds have been eradicated, the area is typically recessed to make way for mulch, rocks, or some other form of ground cover.

Other landscaping experts have used landscaping fabric over sod-cut regions without first spraying the area with a pesticide. Suppose you ask me, no. Grass roots are not destroyed since sod cutters remove the grass’s surface layer. This could become an issue if you have aggressive weeds or grasses with thick bases, like Bermuda.

The herbicide above technique can be used anywhere except a lawn or new flower beds. The herbicide technique or solarization can be used anywhere, including on grounds.

To eliminate weed seeds and plants, the soil is “solarized,” or baked, at very high temperatures. This method is the most time-consuming despite being the simplest and most effective.

Soil Preparation.

Before installing the cloth, replenish the soil with nutrients and additives so plants can thrive. Use organic slow-release nutrients and compost if possible; I highly advise doing so. You must check the soil’s pH and adjust it with lime or sulfur.

The soil can’t be worked after a weed barrier has been laid down, and only chemical fertilizers put on the soil’s surface will be effective. You can, of course, adjust the ground in each planting hole individually. However, it is laborious, produces a lot of waste, and has limited effects on the plant.

To incorporate the amendments and fertilizers, dig them in with a spade or rototiller to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Remove the rocks, pick up the sticks, and smash the clods. Level the ground using a rake.

Set Up the Irrigation System

You should put in an automatic drip sprinkler system now if you know roughly where you will plant everything. Prepare the planting area by laying down the primary feeder hose, drip tubing, and emitters. If one is to be used, a bubbler system should have been set up before the lawn was mowed.

Setting Up The Textiles

Putting down the barrier before planting the plants is the simplest method. It has been suggested that you utilize pinning devices to keep the fabric in place. That can be done, too. Alternatively, you might use the ground cover you want to install as edging and save yourself money. After planting, we often add bags or piles of mulch, gravel, or other ground cover along the boundaries and spread them evenly.

Also, I’ve observed a couple of instances where folks have planted their plants first and then fitted the covers over the tops of them. This is usually exceedingly time-consuming, destructive to the plants, and challenging.

While a knife or utility razor will work, cutting the fabric with sharp scissors was the quickest and most convenient option, especially for longer lengths. Hold the scissors so the blades make a “V,” and rest your hand there instead of working the scissors. Pull the fabric through the “V” formed by the blades while holding it at the point where the two edges meet.


Create a visual of your plant space by marking it or setting out plants. Cut an “x” in the fabric, the size of your pot or root ball, using a sharp knife, razor, or scissors. Keep the same size pot. The “x” can be cut, and the flaps tucked under. Create the opening. Make sure the plant is planted in the right spot. The flaps should be carefully positioned over the plant.

Using the cut flaps as anchors, spread a layer of ground cover (two to four inches deep) over the area.

Remove any slack from the landscaping fabric’s perimeter to ensure a secure fit.

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