Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I have several large beds in which I would like to plant shrubs, perennials, and some annuals. I am wondering what, if any, weed barrier I should use for these beds. I have heard different opinions advocating weed fabric, newspaper, or no weed barrier at all other than a layer of bark/mulch. If a thick layer of mulch alone is virtually as effective as weed barrier, I would rather avoid the expense and hassle of laying the barrier. Which is the best option?
Rate This FAQ
In many instances including when you are going to be planting annuals in a landscape bed, fabric or plastic weed barriers are not a good option. A hole must be cut for every plant. This creates an opportunity for weeds to penetrate the barrier. Where annuals are planted can vary from year to year and more holes would have to be made to plant in these new spots. Fabric barriers are best used in beds where shrubs and trees are planted only. This minimizes the amount of holes that will be cut.
Two to three inches of mulch will eliminate much weeding and conserve water, but it is not a perfect solution either. You still may need to use a pre-emergent weed killer such a treflan, surflan, barricade or gallery to eliminate seeds that are are still in the soil or tha tshow up after the fact due to wind and/or irrigation. You also may occasionally may need to spot treat weeds with an herbicide.
Some keys to keeping the weeds at a minimum is to apply the appropriate amount of mulch. Keep in mind that too much is also detremental to landscape plants. Additionally, disturb the bed as little as possible once it is planted when you apply a pre-emergent weed killer. If possible, only water desirable landscape plants and not the entire bed. Most weeds need water to grow.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- I live in Salt Lake City Utah. Is late October too late in the year to hydroseed?
- I have some fruit trees in a lawn area that I have been fertilizing with ammonium sulfate, but needed to change to a weed & feed. Is the fruit still safe to eat?
- Something is eating my garden. HELP! At first I thought it was snails because there were quite a few holes in the leaves of my beans and squash. Now, there are just skeleton leaves left of half my garden. I have treated for snails with PAX and for other insects with Seven. I have looked for squash bugs but to no avail. I have seen a great many ants and earwigs. Oh, and my tomatoes seem fine. Any tips?
- I have varmits that are ruining my lawn during the winter (under snow). They make trails and destroy the lawn about 4 inches wide. I can find no holes only the trails and dead grass flipped to the side of the trails. Any ideas? We are going crazy trying to figure this out. We have never had this problem until last year.
- We have a weed in our hay field that is choking out the field in quite a large area. The weed has a hard stem with heart shaped leaves about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size around the stem leading to seed pods that look like flowers that are hard and have a seed in them. The seed is red and the husk around them is green when the seed leaves the husk is white, stem is hard green and stick like.
- My husband mistakenly put fertilizer with a broad leaf killer in it on our garden. Is there anything we can do to grow things this year? Everything has died sadly.
- How do I get rid of the Quaking Aspen suckers that are coming up in my lawn without hurting the trees or the grass?
- I have recently had topsoil brought in to grow a garden and my vegetable plants are wilting as if something in the soil is affecting them how do I get my soil tested to correct this?