Maintaining a garden bed can be difficult if you have weeds to contend with. Weeds frequently grow wild in soil that is rich and moist and will mostly compete for the nutrition for your plants. Using a chemical weed killer is effective but it’s not a healthy option for you and your environment. The use of weed mats in a garden bed can be effective; it’s a non-toxic way which can help you stop the growth of weeds.
Weed Mat works by stopping the supply of sunlight to the weeds, therefore killing them in a natural way. There are organic versions of weed mats like mulch or bark. Some gardeners also use newspaper for this purpose. A high-quality weed mat will suppress the growth of weeds and provides enough drainage for the soil underneath, so it stays moist and nourished.
Purchasing a Weed Mat:
Before buying a weed mat, you need to take into some consideration the qualities which are very important to you. Measure the size of your garden bed to determine the weed mat dimensions you’ll need. Some of the main qualities to look for in a weed mat include durability and resistance against fungus, molds, and tears.
Installing a Weed Mat:
It’s very easy to install a weed mat without any assistance, but with a little help can make the job faster and more accurately. Before you install the weed mat, you need to remove first the existing weed in the area. Try removing all the weeds from the root, so that they will not crop up again. You will also need landscaping staples, stakes or pins to bind the weed mat in place. Make sure you accommodate the existing plants in the garden bed before laying the weed mat. Cut the weed mat around a plant; make sure you are not covering the roots of the plant. Over other parts of the garden bed, allow an overlap of an inch or more, so that you don’t have an open spot that will allow weeds to come up. Stake the borders firmly. Cover the sides of the garden bed properly to avoid weed growth at the borders. Stake or staple the weed mat at all the borders. Cover the weed mat with a layer of mulch, which will help it in place, and minimize exposure to sunlight, thereby making it last longer.
We hope that with the simple information we provide the help you know more about using weed mats on a Garden Bed. At Nice Backyard, we supply and install Weed Mats just give us a call on (03) 9402 6483