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#1 of 9 Old 05-29-2006, 10:36 PM - Thead Starter
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Has anyone used landscaping fabric (or anything else in place of it) to prevent weeds? Is it easy to work with? Do you tack it down with something before you put dirt on top of it?

If you used something else, what did you use?
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We used landscape fabric under our deck. It was too low to do anything but crawl under, but still tall enough to grow lots of weeds. You just roll it out and use these little u-shaped pins to poke through and hold it down. We covered it with rocks or brick chips. I can't remember and I don't live in that house anymore. It would be a bit harder if you were using it where you had shrubs already planted. I think you just cut slits in it and pull it over the shrubs. It definitely keeps the weeds out.
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You do cut slits for bushes and such.

It is amazing because sometimes you do get that stray weed that is so strong and pokes through. But for the most part it is fantastic.
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We have used it before. Yes, you tack it down and you can cut holes for bushes, etc. Just know that it only works for a while. It's biodegradable, and eventually weeds and such will start to grow through it again. We were told this (by DH's cousin who owns a landscaping company) before we used it, and we were skeptical about it, so we bought it and tried it, and sure enough, eventually weeds came through it.

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We have a place out in back in between the walkway out to our storage building and the back patio here there is one big tree and a bunch of weeds. I was thinking this little triangular area would be perfect for a shade bed. But I will definitely need something to keep the weeds out. I was planning to put that down and then put dirt on top of it and plant things that way. Of course, I need to chop down or kill the existing weeds first.
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apparently you can also lay down newspaper (way cheaper)....it does the same thing as the landscaping fabric and is biodegradable.
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You can do that. DH has done that too. It works pretty well, but the weeds will grow through.
I would probably just use the newspaper (if you have some handy) because it is so much cheaper. Then once you get everything planted, I would throw out some of the combination stuff that fertilizes the flowers but kills the grass and weeds. That's what DH does, and our flower beds have very few weeds.

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I would probably just use the newspaper (if you have some handy)
Well, since DH works for the paper, that shouldn't be a problem.

I hadn't thought about that. Hmmm... Thanks!
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I'll have to keep this all in mind once I start landscaping our new yard.
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