Ground Cover Installation Guide

Ground Cover Installation Guide

A beautiful garden is a treat for the senses. Offering captivating color, lovely fragrances, perhaps even delicious produce as well as a variety of textures, an attractively designed garden is a sensory delight. However, what is less than appealing are the weeds that can pop up, marring the overall beauty of your landscape. The good news is that ground cover fabric provides an easy solution. 

Protective yet porous, woven ground cover solves the problem of weeds in the garden without the use of chemicals. With so many gardeners and homeowners seeking green gardening methods, using fabric for weed control is an environmentally friendly choice. Moreover, while you may not have considered using fabric for this purpose, it provides an excellent barrier against weeds while allowing the natural flow of water, air and nutrients to nurture your plants. All you need for success are a few tips on proper installation: 

  • Smooth the Ground 
    Prior to installing your fabric for weed control, use a rake or hoe to smooth the soil, loosening and removing any stones, large twigs or any other matter that might tear the cloth. As tears permit weeds to penetrate the fabric and your garden, preventing them is essential. 
  • Purchase Extra Fabric 
    To ensure that your entire area is covered, prohibiting wayward weeds from getting through, buy a bit more fabric for weed control. Then place it on the ground and trim any excess. 

  • Be Sure to Overlap the Fabric 
    Keeping the soil completely covered is key to blocking weeds. Overlapping the edges of your woven ground cover by two to four inches does precisely that. Even after the soil settles, wildlife wanders through your garden or any other factor potentially moves your ground cover fabric, overlapping assures you that the soil will remain covered. 

  • Secure Your Fabric to the Ground 
    Remember to use the ground cover stakes to secure your fabric to the ground during installation. While the ground tends to move as it freezes and thaws, among other reasons, staking the ground cover virtually guarantees that the fabric will not move. This is the simplest element of installation as well as among the most important. 

  • Cut Holes for Each Plant 
    Of course, plants must have a way to grow through the fabric. Cutting your ground cover encourages that growth, enabling plants to obtain necessary sunlight. The important detail here is to make very small cuts, not much larger than the stem. This facilitates plant growth without simultaneously abetting weed growth. As your plants expand, you can feel free to enlarge the holes accordingly. 

  • Add Mulch 
    Pine bark, cedar chips, pine straw — regardless of the mulch you prefer, it is indispensable in a garden. Not only does it retain much needed moisture for your plants, it helps to prevent weeds as well. Additionally, mulch serves to hide your woven ground cover from view. Layer it two to three inches deep, which is ideal for cultivating your plants and inhibiting weeds.

Together, these six tips are all you need for properly installing your ground cover fabric. A plain item, it has the power to beautify your garden immensely. View our ground cover products or contact us for a quote.

View more information about our ground covers or contact us today!