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Landscape fabric discourages weeds
When you start a new
perennial border, spread non-woven
polypropylene black landscape fabric over
the soil. The fabric keeps weeds under
control, holds heat in cool spring weather
(giving your plants a faster start), and lets
water soak through to the roots. At a local
garden center, buy a nonbiodegradable
fabric that weighs about 3.4 ozs. per
square yard (about $10 for a 3 x 25-ft.
piece). Use U-shaped metal stakes ($2 for a pack of 10)
to hold down the fabric.