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Old 06-11-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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You might want to lay landscape fabric instead of plastic because you want your soil to drain.
Good point. Gotta have drainage.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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For a vegetable garden I wouldn't mess with plastic or landscape fabric. Once you plant your plants I'd either use newspaper for mulch or some other kind of mulch for weed control. I'd use something that will break down over time and add nutrients to the soils.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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You might want to lay landscape fabric instead of plastic because you want your soil to drain.

good point, thanks.

I probably won't use them this year, just stay with my container gardening for this season.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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For a vegetable garden I wouldn't mess with plastic or landscape fabric. Once you plant your plants I'd either use newspaper for mulch or some other kind of mulch for weed control. I'd use something that will break down over time and add nutrients to the soils.
I find that putting down landscape fabric helps to keep certain weeds and grasses from coming up into the bed. That is helpful especially where I live. The roots of that grass can grow two feet deep. Because I have my beds next to my house I do tuck newspapers down the back of the beds, next to the house to slow down some of that nasty grasses spread.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:08 AM
 
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I have had beds where I have removed the fabric with weeds on top and if it's the cheap barriers, roots running through the fabric. A good layer of much will be more effective than fabric most of the cases I have seen, be it my own beds or for clients of mine.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:38 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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This grass can push it's way through a lot of things, even a layer of mulch. My roses are in a bed with the fabric on top of the soil (as opposed to on the bottom under the soil in the beds) and they are also mulched and I am still taking out the grass. With this grass mulch is useless!!!! It will grow on top of the mulch with no soil and attach itself to the top of the fabric as well as push it's way up through it. It still grows up the side of the house behind the beds. I stuff newspaper in that area and despite that and not getting much in the way of water it still grows. I have also used cardboard and wood under the beds for that matter. I also use the fabric to make sure the soil stays in the bottomless box.
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