As you know, whippy landscape fabric is like a beheading sentence for little plants. If you use my top three tips for laying landscape fabric, then you will avoid days of frustration.
When my landscape fabric came I was stoked and immediately set about cutting it to length and laying it out using landscape fabric staples.
The first big wind to hit and my landscape staples were ripped out of the ground and the edges of my weed barrier frayed like crazy.
I had to hunt down dangerous staples in the dirt before one found my three-year-old’s foot. Plus, I had a mess of unraveled plastic all over my rows to clean up before it got stuck in my tiller!
Ahhhhhhhh! So frustrating and ugly.
Something that was meant to make life easier was driving me insane.
Thankfully, I didn’t need to plant anything outside for a few weeks so I had time to adjust my strategy.
Follow these THREE HACKS when laying landscape fabric and you will be golden:
- Don’t skimp on the landscape staples! This was my biggest mistake. I thought a landscape staple every yard was plenty. NO! Buy enough landscape staples that you can put one every foot! Get the longer staples too! The short ones don’t work… yes I learned that the hard way too. I bought mine from amazon here.
- That fancy propane attachment that you will be buying to burn landscape holes? Use that to burn the edges where you cut the fabric to prevent fraying, before you lay your fabric down.
- Pile dirt along the edge of your fabric for good measure.
We just had a crazy wind storm here in Lehi and using the above method worked like a charm. (I may have been biting my nails during the storm.)
My last piece of advice would be NOT TO JUMP THE GUN. I threw down my landscape fabric when it arrived, then pulled it up at least three times. I kept forgetting steps like laying drip lines or insulating my flowers for the heat of the summer.
If you want to know how to burn landscape fabric holes for your flowers then read my post “How to Burn Landscape Fabric Holes.”
In case you are wondering, this is the landscape fabric I purchased (it is what Floret Farm uses and she said it lasts for years compared to the cheap see-through kind).
These are the landscape staples I am using, however I plan on buying the longer ones in the future (just to be safe).
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 is embarrassing to admit my failures). 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!