amending soil and weed guard fabric - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jlleath
June 30, 2010
I guess I'm alittle mixed up about amending soil and weedguard fabric. I feel stupid for asking this. when using this weedguard, doesn't it make it difficult to amend the soil in the spring?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
There are no dumb questions when it comes to gardening. You make a good point! If you amend the soil and then cover over it with weed barrier fabric you won't be able to amend it again until you remove the fabric. But, if you do amend the soil properly before installing the weed barrier, you won't need to amend it on an annual basis. Does that make sense? Hope so. I spread 4-5 inches of compost, aged manure or whatever other organic matter is readily available, dig it into the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches (where most of the roots will be growing), then level the soil and install the weed barrier. I cut holes or slits to accommodate planting. Then I cover over the weed barrier with decorative rocks or wood mulch. The amended bed will be perfect for 5-7 years. At that time the weed barrier will have deteriorated enough that it will need to be removed and replaced. You can take that opportunity to amend the soil again before reinstalling weed barrier and new plants. Best wishes with your garden!

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