Cut small “X” shapes into the weed barrier if you want to plant new plants in the area before laying the mulch. Dig a hole in each “X” shape and place one plant inside each hole.
Pull up any weeds that are already growing in the area you want to mulch. Use a trowel to help you remove the roots of the weeds, which will decrease how many try to grow back.
Rake the area smooth and remove any old mulch, rocks or debris that could poke a hole in your weed barrier.
Things You Will Need
Black plastic weed barrier
Weeds are the enemy of gardeners around the country. These pesky plants decrease the beauty of your yard and rob vital moisture and nutrients from your flowers, vegetables and lawn. Mulch helps minimize weeds but also retains more moisture and helps moderate the temperature of your soil. The trick to keeping weeds from growing through your mulch is to put a layer of weed barrier underneath.
Use several layers of old newspaper in place of black plastic weed barrier if you want a more environmentally friendly way to reduce weed growth through your mulch. Lay the newspaper down and cover with a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch. You’ll have to replace the newspaper and mulch more often, however, because the newspaper will biodegrade over time. Fabric weed barriers are another option, though they aren’t always as effective as plastic in preventing weeds from growing.
Overlap the strips of black plastic weed barrier so weeds can’t sneak their way through the edges of the material.
It isn’t possible to keep weeds from growing indefinitely but you can keep them at bay for long periods of time. Just use your weed barrier before placing your mulch and you’ll be in a good position.
It’s nice to know that you can still make use of a weed barrier without having to compromise your environmental stance. Overall, the newspaper method works very well and stacks up nicely against the commercial weed barriers.
You might be worried about your plants and whether this barrier will negatively impact them. It’s easy to take steps to allow your plants to grow through this barrier.
Mulch can make weeds less prevalent and make it hard for weeds to sprout. However, weeds are very resilient and some will come up through your mulch if you don’t handle things right.
Making Your Own Environmentally Friendly Weed Barrier
In the future, remember to thoroughly remove weeds before you take the time to lay mulch down in your garden areas. If you approach things wisely, then you’ll save yourself a ton of work.
Take some old newspapers and use those to create a new weed barrier. This will allow you to keep weeds from coming up through your mulch and the newspapers are biodegradable.
Of course, many people dislike using these weed barriers because they aren’t all that environmentally friendly. If you’re one of the millions of people who are opposed to using plastic items, then you can use an environmentally conscious weed barrier instead.
Make Use of a Weed Barrier Underneath Your Mulch
The best thing to do is to go ahead and remove those weeds completely. You need to take a trowel and start pulling up the weeds by the roots. This might be a bit time-consuming but the results will be worth it once you see how things look later on.
Having weeds sprout up in your gardens will certainly be problematic. This is something that gardeners have been dealing with since the old days and you’re always going to be battling weeds.
Once you have planted all trees, shrubs, or bushes in the area you will want to cut the fabric to size before you begin the mulching process. Since the material is relatively thick it should be easy for you to cut and shape it to fit perfectly in the location. Once in place, you’ll want to spread mulch as normal and cover the fabric completely. This will help to prevent weeds for up to 5 years depending on the type of landscaping fabric you purchased.
If you already have planted your mulch and are seeing weeds growing through it, this could be for a number of reasons. It could be that your mulch is low quality, your bed isn’t thick enough, or your mulch is older and breaking down. Regardless of the cause, you’ll want to start by manually dealing with the problem
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First, pull all the weeds you can find by hand that is directly residing in the area of your mulch. Any additional weeds that are exposed around the area should also be sprayed with a common herbicide or weed killer that contains glyphosate (most common weed killers contain this). Finally, you’ll want to apply a granular pre-emergent product to the mulch bed to prevent future weeds from growing. You can purchase a pre-emergent granular product at your local garden store
Use Landscaping Fabric
Mulch is great for your landscaping needs — it can help to preserve moisture, improve the fertility and health of your soil, and add some aesthetic appeal to your front or backyard. Another main reason mulch is purchased is to prevent the growth of pesky weeds from terrorizing your plants. However, why is it the case that sometimes even after mulching that weeds can still grow through?
Another sure-fire way to prevent weeds when planting your bed is to employ the use of a landscaping fabric. Landscaping fabric is a thin textile you can purchase at most local garden stores and is designed to prevent the growth of weeds by blocking sunlight to them.
In Columbia, Missouri Voss Landscaping uses and suggests triple-shredded hardwood mulch to prevent weeds from growing. Higher quality mulch typically contains larger materials and chunks in it. If used liberally, about three inches deep, your high-quality mulch should prevent any future weeds from surfacing.
Remove Weeds from an Existing Mulch Bed
Pro Tip: Use a dyed mulch to have your mulch bed retain its color all year long!
One of the benefits of mulch is that it prevents weeds from growing in the first place. If weeds are piercing through your mulch-bed, it may be the case that you are using a cheaper or low-quality mulch. These are typically made with grass clippings, straw, or leaves as opposed to wood chips, bark nuggets, and sawdust