Make life easier and learn how to burn landscape fabric holes. As a stay-at-home mom with a busy church calling, I am planning ahead on weed control.
I have a two part strategy for saving myself time in my micro flower farm: (1) landscape fabric to control weeds, (2) drip lines on a timer.
This week I decided to burn plant holes in my landscape fabric and I wanted to write it down in my Garden Journal while the details are still fresh.
Gather the following materials for your project:
- Propane torch attachment
- Small propane canister
- Sunbelt landscape fabric (or similar type)
- Particle board from Home Depot
- Measuring device (a ruler or tape measure)
The first step, is to make your garden plot plan so you know what spacing to burn into your landscape fabric.
I have 4 rows 4 ft by 30 ft plus three rows of 3ft by 20 ft. In each of these rows I have plotted out what I am planting and the recommended spacing required.
For example, one of my 4ft by 30 ft rows will have snapdragons, globe amaranth and rudbeckia. All of these plants need a 9×9 spacing so I need to burn 30ft of 9×9 plant holes (3 inches diameter).
Another row, may have plants that need 6×6 or 12×12 spacing and I mark exactly how many feet of each I need.
Make a Template:
The next step is to make a template. I did this by purchasing the cheapest particle board I could find from Home Depot and having them cut it to size for me.
At home, I measured my boards for 6×6, 9×9, 12×12 and 18×18 inch spacing. I marked them up using a ruler and a Nutella lid (we’re fancy around here).
Then my wonderful hubby, Zach, took care of the hole cutouts. He drilled a hole in each circle, then used the jigsaw to cut the circle out.
The result was a cheap template that is also lightweight. I was worried my template would burn later in the process, but had no problems with it.
Burn the Holes:
Get your propane torch attachment and attach it to your small propane can, then get burning!
(Actually, before you do that make sure you lay out your fabric on a nonflammable surface. Ha)
I chose to lay mine out on a large dirt patch in the backyard and weighed it down with garden stones so the wind didn’t catch it.
The process is quite fast with the templates and they keep the spacing and hole size consistent. (I saw hole burning attachments for sale, but I don’t feel like they are necessary if you have a template. Plus they were like $50 bucks!)
While you are burning your plant holes, I recommend cleaning up any frayed or cut edges on the end of your landscape fabric by burning it as well.
If you want to save yourself days of frustration, hop on over to my post “Top Three Tips for Laying Landscape Fabric.”
It is amazing how long it takes to write each post with two rascally kids climbing all over me. However, I do my best to include details (even if it means admitting how much I failed at the beginning). If you can, I would really appreciate it if you left a comment below. It makes me happy to know someone is out there and it gives my website a boost. Happy gardening!