How to Use a Weed Mat in Flower Bed

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The use of weed mats in gardens and around flowerbeds truly helps control the spread of existing weeds and virtually stops the growth of any new ones. The best systems incorporate materials that are 100% opaque to stop light from feeding weeds. Using a weed mat in your flower bed almost always ensures piece of mind.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Weed mat
  • Garden or weed mat stakes
  • Gloves
  • Gardening tools

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the size of the flowerbed area. Measure total square feet or estimate the size of the garden when completely planted and in bloom.

  2. 2

    Decide on what type of weed mat barrier will best suite the needs of the project. Some use mulches, whether organic or plastic. These alternatives also allow for rainwater to pass more effectively.

  3. 3

    Remove as much debris and weeds as possible from the flowerbed site. Use hand cultivators or walk behind tillers if the area is relatively small. Any project over half an acre should be professionally cleared of all weeds.

  4. 4

    Use environmentally-friendly, organic weed control mats to help soil conditions. Some weed mats have pesticides and herbicides imbedded in them that leach into the soil and into the water table. Organic mats simply kill weeds underneath them and actually condition the soil favorably.

  5. 5

    Arrange the matting in and around existing plants that will be kept. Do not cover any exposed bulbs or root balls to prevent damage to the plant.

  6. 6

    Stake each corner of the mat once it has been placed, cut and smoothed out over the area to be weeded. Continue placing stakes at 1-foot intervals to firmly affix the weed mat.

Tips and warnings

  • Use stakes that are at least 6-inches long to better secure the matting in bad weather and high winds.
  • Consider using organic mulches to better serve the overall garden's health and longevity.
  • Take all precautions when handling sharp stakes.

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