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New Bed Installation


LawnSite Member
Just polling what everyone out there does with this situation: When installing a new landscape bed, after you have the new soil hauled in and placed do you lay down a weed barrier type tarp before the mulch or do you simply go soil, mulch, then a pre-emergent.

Reason I was wondering is because we usually place the barrier down on all new installs. However its a pain and really takes alot of time. We installed one for a new client that got a bid from a nursery to install. The nursery had just listed putting a granular pre-emergent down and no barrier.

What does everyone else do? Thanks.



LawnSite Silver Member
Fabric works...for a little while. Problem is, weed seeds will come in from the wind. Once a weed germinates and roots through the fabric....you really cant pull the weeds out anymore. Mulching alone will prevent most weeds from seeing sunlight and prevent germination. I will say though that it really depends on your ability to steer the customer and his/her level of expectation. Did they ask you too with certainty? Did you spec it in the bid? Sometimes a customer wants that bs on a small job and the quickest way to deal with it is to just do it.


LawnSite Member
Mid Michigan
Soil, pre-emergent, mulch.

Only use fabric with rock. With mulch, you'll be back top dressing every other year or so...you don't want to mess with that fabric under there.