Over time, you have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in your landscaping career, but that doesn’t mean you should be an expert at everything. Certain products, materials, and techniques can cause durability issues or negatively affect your plants. Here are 5 common mistakes you will want to avoid if you want to get the most out of your landscaping fabric.
1- Using Improper Installation Techniques
When installing landscaping fabric, you mustn’t try to cut corners in the installation process. Improper techniques can cause durability issues or damage to roots and plants. Don’t hold down the fabric with stakes during installation, as this can cause damage to plants over time. Avoid using landscaping fabric in areas with high wind and rain, and make sure your installation is strong and durable enough to hold up to this type of exposure.
2- The Wrong Choice of the Material
When you are buying landscape fabric, it can be tempting to take the cheapest material, but you need to know that this is not the best choice. Cheap products will not last as long as other products and won’t hold up in all situations. As a result, they are more likely to cause damage to plants and roots. Furthermore, landscaping fabric with different materials will have different levels of durability and quality. These differences can make one product seem better than another without realizing it.
3- Not Taking Care of Your Plants
Once you have installed landscaping fabric, you must take care of your plants. You should avoid removing or repositioning plants on landscaping fabric forages after installation. Doing so can restrict growth, which will reduce the longevity of the fabric. If you need to reposition or remove plants, carefully cut a hole in the fabric and place a plant remover tool through this hole. You should then carefully lift the plant out of the fabric and remove it. To reposition plants, do so with care and delicacy. In addition to making sure you don’t reposition or remove plants, you should also avoid damaging roots with roots. If you do this, the fabric might not hold up as well over time, and it can be more difficult to maintain. As such, you should use landscaping fabric with the intent of not damaging roots.
4- Adding Amendments after Installation
Once you have installed landscaping fabric, you mustn’t make any changes to the ground. This can cause damage to plants and roots. If you want to add amendments, it’s best to do so before installation. You should also ensure that you’re using the right types and amounts of soil amendments. For example, too much nitrogen in your soil can cause issues such as yellowing or burning leaves. It can also lead to unhealthy plants.
5- Using Landscaping Fabric with the Wrong Plant Types
When growing certain types of plants, such as those found in perennial gardens, it’s important to know how landscaping fabric can be used. It will be more effective if you know what kind of plants are best to use and which ones can’t be grown through landscaping fabric when installed on the earth. For example, if you have grass, don’t you think it will be easier for the grass to grow through the fabric than with other plants?