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Aug 13, 2017 9:29 PM CST
|i inherited a garden that was completely covered with landscape fabric. They even overlapped the seams to make sure that they left not one inch of workable soil.
Here's what happened:
First, the mulch they put on top of the landscape fabric composted. Who woulda thunk it? And, guess what, weeds love to grow in freshly composted mulch. So, once mulch is placed on the landscape fabric, the whole concept of weed prevention is defeated.
Second, the plants grew bigger than the holes that were cut in the landscape fabric. Imagine that. Plants growing. Here are some photos of iris that have spread across landscape fabric:
Notice how the landscape fabric is firmly attached to the iris, even after the clump has been dug out of the ground. Also, you should know that a shovel simply bounces off the fabric. So, you can't simply dig anything out of a garden covered with landscape fabric. You need to cut the fabric first.
To actually grow and divide iris or daylilies, the landscape fabric has to be removed. Imagine trying to remove old shag carpet from your living room after covering it in in four inches of composted mulch. And, since all of the plants have grown through the landscape fabric, when you start to pull it up, all of the plants come up as well.
if anyone tries to sell you landscape fabric, you can be certain that this person has never grown a plant in their entire life.
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