Weed control fabric

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Old 04-19-05, 04:05 AM
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Question Weed control fabric

Folks,
I am a complete novice, who is about to plant his first tree ever, so please bear with me here.

I have a span of grassy space of 4' x 16' into which I intend to plant 6 Azaleas. I have an aversion towards mulch thus I will be covering the ground with the 3/4" marble rock.
Do I need to dig out the holes and plant the shrubs first and then spread the weed control fabric with the incisions cut for the plants?
Or should I cover the ground with fabric first, then make X-shaped incisions, dig out the holes for the shrubs, plant them and and then roll the fabric back?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 04-23-05, 02:31 AM
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This reply may be a bit late, but...

I would dig out the sod in the area. If your shrubs have rather large tops I would dig the holes for your shrubs and keep the dirt out of the way (weelbarrow, buckets, pile on the lawn...), roll out your landscape fabric, cut your X's, plant your shrubs, and put out your stone.

If the tops of your shrubs are smallish I would plant them, then cut X's in your fabric and slip it down over the shrubs.
 
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