Exterior landscaping in residential buildings and commercial areas is just as important as interior design. Landscaping projects integrate natural elements, attractive colors and textures, and gardening. This is what makes it such creative and complex work. Whether it is your front yard or back, your effort to decorate it with plants and flowers is always under threat by the invasion of weeds. We all know that weeds are efficient at depleting the soil of its nutrients. These are the nutrients that show be going to our vegetables and flowers. By keeping weeds under control, our other plants can grow big and strong.
There are different methods of preparing a piece of land to keep it always clean and weed-free.
That way, your master landscaping looks its best. You will be able to enjoy your garden without having to weed. In this article, we examine some of the options that will help you keep your garden beautiful all the time. One easy technique is covering the ground so that weeds can’t grow since the light doesn’t reach them. This ground covering also keeps the soil at a uniform temperature and lowers the amount of evaporation. Now, we’ll take a look at the different types of ground cover, how to apply them and their advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most common ground covers are the following: sheet plastic, gardening cloth, grass cuttings, manure, and newspaper. Are you tired of seeing that the weeds in your garden grow more quickly than your vegetables?
1. A mix of woody materials
This may include wood chips from pine, cedar, cyprus or bark. It decomposes after 1 or 2 seasons and improves the soil by adding nutrients as it decays. If you have any soil, it acts as a fertilizer, retaining water and nutrition. This kind of ground cover is expensive since it needs to be constantly replaced. It decomposes and is blown away by the wind. You also need to carefully consider the composition of the mix. For example, pine needles make soil more acid, which makes it an ideal ground cover for acid-loving plants. Straw and wheat stalks: This ground cover keeps soil from eroding, especially on an inclined plane. Creating a blanket of straw and wheat stalks may contribute unwanted weed seeds to the soil.
This is an expensive material.
- Grass cuttings
This is an excellent way to use waste after mowing your lawn. You can replace them frequently, but this material is only available in the summer months. It’s ideal for adding nutrients to the soil.
This is a natural subproduct, nutrient-rich, from cows, horses, goats and other farm animals. If you keep animals, using their manure is natural and easy; otherwise, it isn’t practical and requires a lot of maintenance.
- Ornamental rocks
Ornamental rocks provide excellent weed control. We don’t recommend using rocks around plants that need acid soil since this can make the soil more alkaline. Stones, gravel, and other inorganic materials make for desirable ground covers in landscaping because they are attractive, long-lasting, and low-maintenance. In contrast to other natural ground cover types, the wind can’t blow stones away, so they stay where you put them. They are perfect for paths and driveways. Eventually, they mix with the soil below and allow weeds to grow. These weeds are difficult to remove because of the layer of rock. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep up regular maintenance so that weeds don’t invade at all. Additionally, installing a gardening fabric, like MALAHIERBA®, used as ground cover under the rocks, is the easiest way to keep weeds away.
- Newspaper and cardboard
You can use this under other types of ground cover. Take special care that it doesn’t touch the stem of the plant that you want to grow. Don’t use pages with colored ink since this can damage the soil and plants. Using cardboard as ground cover in yards to kill weeds is common because it’s cheap. It’s also an excellent way to recycle this material. With this system, you keep light from reaching the soil, which prevents weeds from growing. Both materials are insulating and keep the soil warm. Over time, this material also lets water through and adds moisture to the soil. Both eventually decompose and add nutrients to the ground.
2. Rubber as a ground cover
This is a more permanent solution than using wood chips, but the difference is that it doesn’t improve the soil. It doesn’t attract insects or termites, and it keeps weeds from growing. This material is ideal for kids’ playgrounds and paths. Wood chip bedding as well as rubber bedding act as ground cover and keep soil from eroding. They also act as insulation, preventing the ground from becoming extremely hot or cold. Rubber chips don’t decompose, and they don’t come apart. They can last for many years without losing their appearance or becoming less effective. The major down point is that by using rubber chips as ground cover, you are adding an inorganic layer to the soil in your yard.
3. Black and transparent polyethylene for gardening and landscaping
This is probably the easiest and most efficient way to keep weeds from invading, although it tends to trap too much moisture in the soil. Some black plastics come with tiny holes to allow for drainage. When exposed to the sun, black sheet plastic may degrade and lose its effectiveness. This is why it’s preferable to bury it in the soil. The main disadvantage of plastic is that it traps heat, meaning that the soil temperature rises rapidly. This can suffocate your plants in the summer. Since it’s not permeable, it prevents the loss of moisture and gas interchange with the environment.
The warmth also will help to kill pathogens in the dirt.
This process is called soil solarization and helps eliminate disease-causing organisms like insects and pathogens. On the other hand, black plastic keeps UV rays from the soil so pathogens and plague-causing insects can survive. When you use any sheet plastic, whether black or clear, repairing holes made in the wrong place can be a challenge since most kinds of tape don’t stick to it well. Neither kind lets water through, and both prevent moisture in the soil from evaporating. This can result in serious problems, like causing roots to rot. Both kinds of sheet plastic are prone to break and tear, and they are difficult to repair.
4. Using herbicide to kill weeds keep
Obviously, weeds can be controlled through the use of chemical products. These usually take effect for 9-12 weeks, so you will have to apply several times a year. They also imply paying for the product and someone to spray them to keep weed from taking over your yard.If you don’t want to use chemicals, there are many more natural alternatives for keeping weed out of your yard. These are more kid and pet-friendly. Gardening fabric MALAHIERBA® gives landscapers a long-lasting solution that doesn’t require spraying harmful chemicals on the soil.
5. Woven Gardening and Landscaping Fabric keep
MALAHIERBA® ground cover fabric acts as a barrier against weeds in your yard and garden.
It is one of our most successful products since it is so effective and long-lasting. It is made from a material that is treated to retard decomposition. As opposed to using sheet plastic, MALAHIERBA® is a woven fabric. This means it’s porous and allows water, air and nutrients through. What it doesn’t let through is sunlight. This is what makes it so effective as weed control because it keeps weed seeds from germinating and growing. Many landscapers add decorative woodchips or stones to cover the fabric and make it look more attractive. This gardening cloth provides maximum protection against weeds, but lets moisture reach your plants. Weed control is fundamental for gardeners and landscapers.
MALAHIERBA® gardening cloth blocks light and nutrients from reaching weed seeds in the soil, and this keeps them from growing.
This woven landscaping cloth is more porous than plastic, which means that it allows moisture through while plastic just causes moisture to run off. Preventing erosion is an additional advantage of using gardening cloth. MALAHIERBA® groundcover fabric can be useful if your garden has soil erosion problems, like those caused by strong wind or rain. It is also very useful for soil retention if your garden is on a hill. This woven cloth also helps you protect plants’ roots from rotting since it lets moisture and air through.
Installation guide for MALAHIERBA® groundcover cloth keep
Correct installation of MALAHIERBA® gardening fabric ensures that the plants you want get the light and water they need while weeds are kept in the dark.
- ⦁ Get rid of weeds and plants before putting down the cloth. If there are a lot of weeds in the area or it is covered with grass, you can even use herbicide. If you do this, be careful. Some herbicides like those that contain glyphosate can damage or kill any plant that they touch. Apply these products cautiously and on days with little wind. We also recommend that you remove any rocks, twigs or objects that could rip the gardening fabric. Any hole in the fabric will allow weeds to grow in that spot.
- ⦁ Next, make sure the ground is as level as possible and fill in any holes. This will ensure that the landscaping fabric will lay correctly over the soil, creating a uniform cover.
- ⦁ Then, cut the fabric so that it fits the area and place MALAHIERBA® over the ground. When you have to add another piece of fabric, it’s vital to overlap with the previous piece by about 15 so that weeds don’t grow in the gap. You can use stones to weigh the cloth down while you are installing it. Once you’ve covered the entire area correctly, tie down the cloth using metal or plastic hold-down pins. Next, bury the edges in a shallow trench.
- ⦁ Finally, cover the fabric with woodchips or stones. You may base your choice on one or the other depending on cost, availability and the final esthetic.
Gardening cloth can also be used beneath bricks, tiles and other materials used to create garden walkways and patios. keep
If you have already planted vegetables or flower beds, you will need to dig a 7-8 cm deep trench around the plot with a shovel. Then, you can rake the earth so that it’s level. Pick up any sticks or stones that could cut the fabric. Place a drip irrigation hose around the plants. The woven fabric will let moisture through, but not light. Next, unroll the cloth and put it over the flowerbed. Use a knife to cut an “X” where each plant is.
Finally, fill the trench with the earth that you dug out and cover the edges of the fabric with the soil to keep it in place. If you want to add new plants, just make a new cut where you want to plant it. If you want to remove plants, you will have to cover the empty hole or you will get weeds growing in that space.