New Bed Installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by PhillipsBrosLawnCare, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. PhillipsBrosLawnCare

    PhillipsBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    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.

  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,610

    I never use fabric. I hate the stuff. I think it causes more problems than it solves.
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  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Fabric works...for a little while. Problem is, weed seeds will come in from the wind. Once a weed germinates and roots through the 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.
  4. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    We don't use fabric. Put down your dirt, pre-emergent, then mulch. Easier to get the weeds out down the road if you do get a few popping through instead of dealing with the stupid fabric.
  5. yardworks  inc.

    yardworks inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    We only use fabric if we our putting down a decorative rock. With mulch we do not, you or whoever does the maintenance will be glad you didn't.
  6. highclimber604

    highclimber604 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Yah im not a big fan of the weed fabric. Seems to be hell in the long run if you need to remove the mulch or plant things.
  7. Stevegotcrabgrass

    Stevegotcrabgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    Say no to fabric.
  8. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Another vote for no fabric
  9. froglawn

    froglawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    customer may not want to pay additional for fabric anyways...check first if you install
  10. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    Soil, pre-emergent, mulch.

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

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