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Name: janet cull
Kentucky (Zone 5b)
Feb 25, 2017 8:05 AM CST
I bought a home a few years ago and all the beds are covered with the weed fiber paper about 3 inches or so underneath soil and gravel. The paper was put down probably around 10 years ago so it is not working and very difficult to remove. The soil needs amendment in a bad way.
My question is: is it better to remove the paper and gravel? Quite a bit has been removed in some areas from my planting. Or can I build up the beds over it with good soil and just move on? I do my own work . :)
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Feb 25, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Good question....
Unfortunately.... You didn't provide enough information.
A) how thick is the gravel?
B) paper or plastic garden fabric?
C) what's the soil like under the mat?
D) what are you planning to use as amendment?
E) where in the world are you (city?)

Are you fixing to bring in a dump truckload of mushroom compost?
Or were you just going to purchase bags of potting soil?

Personally, I'd be tempted to try a side by side treatment.
On opposite ends, start by clearing off the gravel and fabric on one end, till the soil underneath... And amend.
On the other end, do it the lazy way.
After a year compare results.
Post lots of pics to this thread so the rest of us can see how things went.
[Last edited by stone - Feb 25, 2017 8:26 AM (+)]
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Feb 25, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Get rid of the gravel and the weed mat, the fines from the gravel has prob clogged the weed mat. The gravel serves as a heat sink. What size is the gravel?
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