How to prevent weeds with ground cover sheeting

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How to prevent weeds with ground cover sheeting
Groundcover mulch blocks weed growth and warms the soil for better vegetable gardens. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Ground cover sheeting increases the soil's water-retention ability and prevents erosion. Black, opaque ground cover sheeting can also be used to prevent weeds. When laid on the soil correctly, it blocks the weeds' access to sunlight, which kills them before they have a chance to grow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hose
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Tiller
  • Scissors
  • Rocks

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  1. 1

    Apply 1 inch of water evenly over the soil. Pull any existing weeds and their roots.

  2. 2

    Loosen and turn the top 6 inches of the soil with a shovel or tiller.

  3. 3

    Rake the soil surface so that it is smooth and flat without any large dips or ridges.

  4. 4

    Cut enough strips of ground cover sheeting to cover the entire area. Allow 2 inches of overlap between sheets and 4 inches of overlap over the border of the plot.

  5. 5

    Lay the ground cover sheeting over the ground. Create 2 inches of overlap between adjacent sheets. Allow the edges of the sheeting to hang 4 inches on each side of the plot.

  6. 6

    Bury the outer edges of the ground cover sheeting all around the perimeter of the plot. Dig a trench 1 inch out from the border on all sides that is 3 inches deep. Bury the outer edges of the ground cover in the trench to secure them.

Tips and warnings

  • Nutsedge cannot be effectively controlled by ground cover sheeting.
  • Clear ground cover sheeting will not prevent weed growth. In fact, it will encourage it.

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