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    Any thoughts on whether it is worth it or not to use this kind of product when mulching a flower bed. The bed already exists and has a lot of weeds. I plan to either remove or kill the weeds, then put down mulch. Is this fabric worth the investment? I always see flower beds with this fabric sticking out, and it looks horrible.

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    Bad Idea

    I have done mulching for a long time now. I feel it is very unecessary to use fabric when mulching. What the fabric does is create a bottom layer and once the mulch starts to disinigrate and decompose it turns the same thing as dirt anyway. But I would suggest, once it is all cleaned up and the weeds are gone, to put down Preen a product that stops all seedlings form germinating. Thats how I do it and its worked well. Just my 2cents.

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    • #3
      Preen

      I forgot to mention the Preen will not hurt the already established plants at all so any flowers or whatever will be fine.

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      • #4
        I have done mulching for a long time now. I feel it is very unecessary to use fabric when mulching. What the fabric does is create a bottom layer and once the mulch starts to disinigrate and decompose it turns the same thing as dirt anyway. But I would suggest, once it is all cleaned up and the weeds are gone, to put down Preen a product that stops all seedlings form germinating. Thats how I do it and its worked well. Just my 2cents.
        i would second that the landscape fabric is a pain later on if you do not mulch deep enough so use a preemergent and skip the fabric good luck man

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        • #5
          if you do not mulch deep enough
          How deep should the mulch be and how does the depth effect weed growth?
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