HOW TO USE WEED MATS – Using weed mats to suppress the growth of unwanted weeds in your flower beds is an excellent way to do just that. You’ll also save yourself a lot of time and backache from having to be on your hands and knees pulling out weeds. Here’s some handy advice on how to install weed matting.
There are many different types from plastics to bio-degradable products. You can also use mulch to as a weed matting. Pick one that fits in with your budget and your needs. If in doubt ask the staff at your local Garden Nursery for advice.
Measure the total area of your flower bed. To do this simply measure the length x width as this will give you the overall square footage. Once you know the quantity of the materials it’s time to take a trip to your local Garden Nursery and purchase the quantity you require.
Weed your flower beds before laying down the matting. If you haven’t let your weeds get out of control this should be an easy enough job.
Treat the entire area with weed killer or better still use organic methods, such as digging up the weeds by hand.
Cover the entire area with the matting you have purchased. Be careful… don’t cover bulbs that you planted as they will not be able to push through the matting. A tip here is to locate your bulbs and then cut a small slit in the matting so that the bulbs can sprout through.
If you intend to use plastic or bio-degradable matting then stake down this every foot or so – you don’t want the wind ripping up all your hard work.
As you can see, fitting weed matting is a very easy job and with a little bit of effort this will really cut down on the weed growth in your garden.