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Old 05-15-2019, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Fabric has its place, but we’ve taken almost all of the 30 year old fabric out. It stifles the plants you plant in it, and it keeps the soil and mulch on top of it from enriching the soil underneath. We planted 2 dozen small Stella d’oro daylilies by cutting x in the fabric. A few years later we realized the fabric was keeping the plants from spreading, so we ripped all the fabric out....which was a royal pain.

Also, as many have learned the hard way, fabric still gets weeds on top of it, so what is the point?
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Fabric has its place, but we’ve taken almost all of the 30 year old fabric out. It stifles the plants you plant in it, and it keeps the soil and mulch on top of it from enriching the soil underneath. We planted 2 dozen small Stella d’oro daylilies by cutting x in the fabric. A few years later we realized the fabric was keeping the plants from spreading, so we ripped all the fabric out....which was a royal pain.
You aren't supposed to just cut an X or a hole where the plant is like instructions or what has been told, you have to leave a large area around the plant open. This way you can fertilize properly as well. Most likely you wont be pulling weeds since the plant will shade the soil beneath it but so what if you have to pull 1 or 2 weeks around the plant. Better than a whole garden bed.


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Also, as many have learned the hard way, fabric still gets weeds on top of it, so what is the point?

You're supposed to have mulch on top then replace every couple yrs and give a good sweep on the fabric if you think there are weed seeds on it.. Good luck with the weeds without the fabric.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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I only use the fabric in my garden, I love the stuff. I always hated weeding, now I do not have to do it. After I prepare all the raised beds for the year I put down some cheap fabric and lots of mulch. Then I add my veggie plants as I like. It keeps the garden nice and clean looking, it helps retain moisture and keeps the weeds at bay very nice. Lots of earthworms in the garden this year so that is always a good sign.


I only use the fabric for 1 season, that is why I use the cheap stuff. At the years end I pull off all the mulch and fabric and let the ground breathe freely until spring and it is time to prepare the beds again.


It works for me.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I only use the fabric in my garden, I love the stuff. I always hated weeding, now I do not have to do it..
That's my goal. No more weeding! Just have to replace the mulch every couple years or when it breaks down enough.


I did another area. I'm winning the war now. I left a little opening so I can fertilize the Hollies and to make sure they get proper watering. Even though water goes through this fabric, it doesn't hurt to leave an opening.






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Old 05-21-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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Fabric has its place, but we’ve taken almost all of the 30 year old fabric out. It stifles the plants you plant in it, and it keeps the soil and mulch on top of it from enriching the soil underneath. We planted 2 dozen small Stella d’oro daylilies by cutting x in the fabric. A few years later we realized the fabric was keeping the plants from spreading, so we ripped all the fabric out....which was a royal pain.

Also, as many have learned the hard way, fabric still gets weeds on top of it, so what is the point?
If you mulch properly on top of the fabric, you shouldn't get many weeds in the mulch, and the roots will not go down deep because of the fabric, so they are easy to pull up.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:35 AM
 
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I will use fabric as temporary thing. I place wet newspapers under landscaping fabric. Between the newspaper and fabric, within a year to 18 months, the soil is weed free. Either, I reseed the area, start hostas or another ground cover plant or replace the newspaper and spread mulch.

There are a million links and youtube video on using newspaper in gardens.

https://www.bbg.org/news/using_newspaper_as_mulch

https://www.sunset.com/garden/earth-...hout-chemicals
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