Everybody who has a garden complains about the same thing. Weeds.
If you have a flowerbed it feels like you are you are forever wasting a lot of time on your hands and knees pulling the weeds out. One of the biggest problems is that a lot of the spray weed killers will also kill some of your plants, or if you have pets you have to be careful with what the weed killers that you use, as they could be harmful to your pets. However, there is an answer to this problem!
Roll Out The Mulching Fabric
Mulching fabric is a simple method you can use to protect and cover your flowerbeds whether small or large, for your flowerbeds and your borders, I think the spun bonded type of mulching fabric is to be recommended. For non pedestrian parts of the garden then you will only require the 50gsm (Grams per square metre), grade. Some people use plastic sheeting or even cardboard but these do not let the rainwater flow through, which means your flowers will not be getting the water they need.
Have You Enough?
A lot of people get caught out when buying the mulching fabric as they do not realise that if you are having to use multiple sheets then you need to overlap it by approximately 20cm – 25cm. Next check, have you bought enough of the heavy duty fixing pegs? The fixing pegs should be placed at least one every square metre, the more the better just don’t overdo it.
Weed The Area First
Before you start to lay the mulching fabric you need to ensure that the area is weed free. Getting rid of the existing weeds first is going to help the mulching fabric deal with the area better.
X Marks The Spot
When laying the mulching fabric in beds with flowers already in place you will need to cut and “X” shaped hole in the fabric to allow it to go over the top of your existing plants. You will obviously have to ensure you get the cuts in the right places. For any of your very large plants, it would definitely be easier lay the mulching fibre around the base of the plant, as cutting larger holes into the fabric will reduce its effectiveness
Add The Protection.
Once the fabric is in place you then need to lay down something to protect it. Laying a layer of bark mulch, rocks or gravel will not only help to protect the mulching fabric but they also help to keep moisture in by reducing evaporation when it is hotter.
Note: You can get 100gsm grade mulching fabric which is twice as strong and therefore useful for paths and walkways and any areas that may need a stronger membrane.
Once you have it all finished you should find that not only do your borders and flower beds look great but you also have less weeding to do.
More time to relax and enjoy the beauty of your garden.