Use landscape fabric

Rob D. Brodman STEP 1: Dig a hole for each rootball. Insert rootball through an x into the soil press to firm the plant in place then smooth down the fabric and cover it with a 2-inch layer of mulch such as fine fir bark.
Tip from the test garden

Gardening basics

Help control weeds by laying landscape fabric. Unlike black plastic, it is porous and allows air and water to reach plant roots. Landscape fabric is best used around permanent plants that don’t need changing often.

 

 

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