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  • Restore a Backyard With Dead Soil (Before and After)

    That looks great, the only issue I see is the landscape cloth, it's marketed as being used to suppress weeds. It's really only good if you are doing a bed filled with rocks, even then you'll eventually end up with weeds but it's main purpose there is to stop the rocks from merging with the soil.Here are a few examples of what happens with fabric in gardens.In a completely new lawn or garden, you put down the soil, plants, and mulch. The weeds will be minimal for the first couple of years hopefully. But eventually some of the seeds will get mixed in with the mulch and take root. They love rooting into cloth as it gives them a lot of strength. Certain perennial weeds will down roots that will go past the cloth and remain allowing them to keep coming back.Cloth over an existing lawn or gar...see more »That looks great, the only issue I see is the landscape cloth, it's marketed as being used to suppress weeds. It's really only good if you are doing a bed filled with rocks, even then you'll eventually end up with weeds but it's main purpose there is to stop the rocks from merging with the soil.Here are a few examples of what happens with fabric in gardens.In a completely new lawn or garden, you put down the soil, plants, and mulch. The weeds will be minimal for the first couple of years hopefully. But eventually some of the seeds will get mixed in with the mulch and take root. They love rooting into cloth as it gives them a lot of strength. Certain perennial weeds will down roots that will go past the cloth and remain allowing them to keep coming back.Cloth over an existing lawn or garden will actually trap old seeds and weeds which will kill some but the strong will push through and now it's harder to pull them.The best option if you're renovating an existing area is to use a few layers of newspaper or flyers, or cardboard. They have to overlap or the weeds will just go through the cracks. With this you get a chance to get a handle on the new garden or lawn and allow the new plants to become better established. The paper will also break down and become food various insects and worms as well as fungi, all which you wants in your soil(provided they aren't destructive). I know some people say using newspaper is bad as some inks have heavy metals in them but worms actually hold the heavy metals in their stomachs when they eat soil or scraps containing them.

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