The Q&A Archives: Spreading Planta

Question: In my plan I want to plant ground covers, perennials and spreading evergreen ground cover.
Is that possible if I use landscape fabric to control weeds? If not what do you suggest?

Answer: In my experience it is better to control or remove the weeds prior to planting as part of your soil preparation, then mulch between the plants year round with an organic mulch. The mulch can be raked and topped up periodically to prevent weed seeds grom germinating in it. It should be maintained in a flat layer about two to three inches deep year round. This not only keeps out weeds but also helps feed the soil slowly over time as it breaks down. The weed fabric is impractical with spreading plants because it prevents them from spreading the way they normally do-- some spread from the crown and these are unable to pop up through it, those that spread by reaching outward and rooting are unable to root down through it. Too, once they have covered the area, the fabric is not needed.

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