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FREESPIRITME's Photo FREESPIRITME Posts: 565
5/26/09 4:55 P

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Yeah, most of my mulching is done with recycled newspapers when I can find them, but at $5 each for a 3'x50' roll, I figured, what the heck, why not try it? It's a paper-based product and will last about 4 years under mulch. I really want to suppress the crown vetch that's underneath. I hate that stuff.

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5/26/09 3:41 P

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If you will place the black print newspaper around your plants and then cut an X in your weed cloth where you think the plant will be. You will have the ground covered well and the plant will enjoy the degrading of the paper as well..

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5/25/09 7:24 A

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I spent a quite a bit on fabric barrier & was very dissapointed. Then I was told to use several layers of newspaper instead. That worked so much better & was free as I already had the newspapers. We put large flower beds & gravel paths in front & back of the house to cut down on the mowing. We've got to put down more gravel & some mulch but that's not hard - just heavy! Mary emoticon

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5/23/09 10:50 P

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slits and overlapping is the way to go.

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5/23/09 10:40 P

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I've overlapped and cut slits and or circles after my arborist got on me about putting it around the tree.
If you are from Florida, just note that nuts hedge grows up right through the landscaping fabric even double layered areas. A mighty strong weed.

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5/23/09 6:13 P

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Overlapping must be the key...I had used some several years back and was so very disappointed at all the weeds that came through. We had put down rock on top of it afterwards, so was way too much work to remove all those rocks to put something different down. I hope you have better luck with it than I did.

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5/23/09 3:50 P

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Slits are the way to go and overlapping, too.

50 is the new 30.


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5/23/09 2:07 P

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I totally agree with the slits. We landscaped our from yard last year and put the plants in place and then slit the fabric to place it over the plants. Feel free to overlap. The more coverage the better and less weeds that will go through.

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This stuff is easier to use in a new garden---don't cut circles---cut slits going in 4 directions(especially in case you get it wrong as you can lenghten them to accomodate the existing plants), once you get it around them, you can decide how much to trim then---is this the kind that will let moisture thru---and make sure you put mulch down on top of it afterwards---did you know that layers of newspapers do the same thing, are biodegradable and easier to move or arrange around your plants---great way to recycle them back into the soil.

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5/23/09 11:56 A

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Hi - I just bought 2 rolls of 3'x50' landscape fabric (weed block) at Big Lots for $5 each. I want to put it on a flower bed but there are plants there already. I plan to try to cut a circle in the fabric to fit it around the plants and pull them thru, but is that the best way to do it? Any hints on what to do or NOT to do when I try to install it?

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