Anti weed cloth and landscape fabric for vegetables and ornamentals
An anti weed cloth is used refers to a textile or fabric material used for inhibiting plant growth. The basic concept is to prevent exposure to sunlight to a certain extent which in turn causes this effect. The fabric is usually arranged in the required fashion so that it affects only those plants which are unwanted or undesirable. This can be done by simply covering these plants with these special fabrics. An anti weed cloth that you can buy from local markets would be made of synthetic or organic materials. It may also be sometimes made from recycled materials.
Why use anti weed cloth fabric?
Suppose you have plot which can be transformed into a garden or can be utilized for carrying out some cultivation. However as this plot has been kept idle for a while, unwanted plants species or weeds would have taken over the space making it almost impossible for another crop to grow and develop in its vicinity. So if you want to grow a garden or develop a flower bed in this area, an anti cloth weed would be the best solution to your problems.
Obviously you can also pull out these weeds completely from the plot. But most of us would not bother to pull them out ourselves. An anti weed cloth is apt for such a situation. By covering the weeds with these fabrics would significantly disrupt their growth thereby facilitating the development and productivity of the new and useful plant species.
How to install a landscape fabric in your plot?
Weeds are the most stubborn plant specimens and no matter how much you try, they always find a way to grow and develop. However, we can somewhat control these unwanted plants with the numerous methods developed over the years. In this module, we are discussing about anti weed fabrics and now let’s see how it can be implemented at your plot as well.
Start off by preparing the ground for landscape fabrics. Consider a plant bed on which you can specifically position the plant specimens you decide to grow. As these are planted above these fabrics, you would have to make holes on them. So make sure that you make the holes as small as possible so that the fabric does not get damaged. The fabric should be laid on a smooth ground. If necessary consider using some methods to obtain a smooth surface free from twigs, stones or any sharp and uneven objects. All these can damage the landscape fabrics.
A garden hoe can be used for various purposes in setting up a weed cover. Using a hoe to slice into the portion of soil around weeds, or to penetrate the soil to take out the weed completely, or even for leveling the soil you are working on are common.
If you are equipped with a steel rake, it can be used for leveling the soil before laying the fabric or ground cover. Mulches are also used in preparation of anti weed cloth covers. However it should be used in precise quantities and too much or too less can pave way for additional growth of weeds. When growing vegetables, it is advisable to use a trellis netting in conjunction with
Finally when all this is done we can go on and install the landscape fabric. Make sure that you completely cover the area required. Also make sure to overlap adjacent ones so that no space is left exposed to sunlight. Otherwise, weeds to grow through these gaps to acquire enough sunlight. Make sure to install it correctly with the shiny surface facing upwards. Also weigh it down if you are located in some windy areas.
Even though the mulch would be sufficient to hold down the fabric in most cases, you also have the option of using fabric pins. After all this is done, you can apply mulch on top of it and later on use a steel rake to spread it evenly over the surface.
Make incisions or tiny holes in this well prepared bed. Ensure that these holes are only of correct sizes allowing the plants to just fit into it. Finally plant your desired crop in these holes to finish off the whole procedure.
You can also make additional installations if necessary like for example, a bird netting to protect your crops from the attack of birds.