How to Install Landscape Fabric

burlap landscape fabric

Landscape fabric is one of the easiest ways to keep weeds out of your beautiful garden. Landscaping fabrics are made from woven polypropylene or burlap, and can be installed in your garden beds to prevent unwanted growth, create pathways and flower beds, and even protect your plants from unwanted critters searching for something to snack on.

You can install your own landscape fabric in ten easy steps, but first, make sure you have these gardening tools:

Landscape fabric (woven polypropylene or burlap)
Utility knife
Scissors
Landscape staples
Mulch
Compost
Shovel
Gardening fork
Tiller
Rake

  1. You want a clean start, so begin by ridding your garden of any existing weeds.
  2. Using your tiller or garden fork, turn your soil. If you’re choosing to use any compost or soil additives, this is the time to add them. You won’t be able to add to the soil once you’ve laid your landscaping fabric.
  3. To smooth the area, use your rake to clear the soil of any extra debri like sticks, rocks, or roots. Dispose of all debris, and then rake over the soil once more.
  4. Lay your roll of fabric down at one end of the garden, and unroll to the desired length.
  5. Now take out your scissors knife. Cut this long piece of fabric so it covers the entire area. You’ll also want to cut additional large sized pieces of fabric. Overlap these extra pieces by 12 inches for added protection against weeds managing to escape through the gaps.
  6. Use your knife to cut slits in the fabric where you already have plants. Place these lit around the base of the plant’s stem.
  7. You don’t want your new garden bed to have unsightly bunches of lumps, so take this time to smooth the cover over your soil.
  8. Push a landscape staple into the fabric every few three or so feet. Make sure you secure all edges as well as the places where two sheets of fabric meet or overlap.
  9. Now you’re ready to place your new plants. Cut an X into the fabric according to your new garden plan. Dig a hole where you’ve placed the X. Now you can place your plant. Cover the exposed roots with extra soil, and place the landscape cover back over the soil.
  10. Once you’ve completed planting all of your new plants, cover the entire landscape fabric with two inches mulch. You want mulch around your plants as well, but be careful not to pile it up against the fragile stems.

Put Cotton to Work

Cotton Seed Storage BagsWe think it’s safe to say cotton is one of the most versatile textiles. Did you know that one cotton bale alone can produce 250 single bed sheets, 3,000 nappies, 1,200 t-shirts, 2,100 pairs of of boxer shorts, 680,000 cotton balls, or 4,300 pairs of socks?

It can do a lot more than that, too.

Perhaps even more useful than its work in the clothing industry, cotton makes an ideal medical product. The fabric is unbelievably adaptable, holding up to 27 times its own weight in water, and actually becoming stronger as it gets wet. These qualities make cotton perfect for bandages and swabs in a medical environment.

Cotton is most often used in the clothing industry since this fabric doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. Thanks to its adaptability, cotton easily blends with other fibers and synthetics, and can quickly take to dyes.

Other characteristics of cotton include:

  • Soft, comfortable, and cool
  • Breathable fabric that absorbs and releases perspiration quickly
    • This means cotton will stay cool in the summer and warm in winter
  • Durable
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Appears in many varieties depending on how it’s woven:
    • Corduroy
    • Denim
    • Flannel
    • Seersucker
    • Terry cloth
    • Velvet

custom-cotton-bag
Possibly one of the most usable textiles, Commercial Bag & Supply can create cotton products that work for you like:

  • medical supplies (as discussed above)
  • wall coverings
  • bank/casino money bags
  • painter’s floor coverings
  • book binding
  • bags for metal shavings
  • mail bags
  • laundry bags
  • seed samples
  • food bags ideal for storing:
    • coffee
    • nuts
    • cured ham
    • flour

When it comes time to clean your cotton, follow these tips:

You can easily just throw your cotton products in the washing machine. Use chlorine bleach to restore the cotton to its original whiteness, but be careful! If your cotton is chemically treated, the bleach may cause yellowing. If dyed, the bleach may remove the color. Once you’ve finished washing and drying your cotton, using an iron at high temperatures can help to remove any wrinkles that sustained the wash and dry.