All Things Gardening forum: Landscaping fabric or straw?

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May 4, 2014 4:44 AM CST
Good morning-

Its finally becoming consistently warmer here in NY, minus the rain, but I've been thinking next weekend is when I will till my garden and get it going.

For those of you who use landscaping fabric, how do you direct sew into the ground once you cover it with fabric? Do you cut it and then fold back the edges?

Second question - I was leaning more towards the straw method this year. I was going to lay down wet newspaper and then cover with straw instead of the fabric. But again, same question, how the heck do you directly seed into the ground, when essentially I've got it covered and mulched?

How do you pros do this? Thanks, Josh
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May 7, 2014 5:44 AM CST
Josh, iI only use the landscape fabris in the walking aisles of my garden so I don't plant through it, but, I did use it ipone year for my cabbage and broccoli plants and this is how I handled it:

Lay your cloth ovdr the tilled row then mark where you want to plant. Cut an 'X' in each spot and fold back the points of the cut fabric.

As for straw and newspaper, which is what I use now, I plant the seeds first, wait for them to come up and then lay down wet newspaper and cover with straw.

Hope that helps.

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