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How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane


You will need: Weed-suppressing membrane, knife, trowel, mulch

If you want to make your garden less work, then one place to start is by using weed-suppressing membrane over the borders. This fabric is porous, so water can pass down through it to plant roots, but is dense enough to stop weeds growing up.

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Step 1

Step 1 of How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane

Ideally, this is best laid over a bare border before you start planting. Overlap the edges if you use more than one strip.

Step 2

Step 2 of How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane

Cut an X with a sharp knife where you want to plant and peel back the flaps to dig the planting hole.

Step 3

Step 3 of How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane

Position the plant and fill in the hole, firming the plant into place. Fold the flaps of fabric back over the soil around the plant.

Step 4

Step 4 of How to plant through weed-suppressing membrane

Disguise the fabric (and help it last longer) with a deep layer of mulch, like bark or gravel. This also helps reduce moisture loss in summer. Leave a small saucer-shaped depression immediately around the plant stem so it cannot be damaged.

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