Possibly uprooting dormant weed seeds. How to rectify?

huntergptJuly 27, 2010

I'm a beginner with gardening. I have a section of long neglected yard of 6x20 ft; the soil is quite compacted and has lots of clay. I hired someone to kill the grass/weeds and to rototill it. I amended the soil with good topsoils, peatmoss, and composts, planted some shrubs, placed the weeds blocking fabric, covered it with shredded wood mulch. After some reading, I am afraid I made a mistake of disturbing the soil and potentially re-surfacing weed seeds. I also don't think the man did a thorough job of killing the grass/weed.

I don't plan to plant anything in between the shrubs, just some annuals/perennials at the front of the bed.

Am I doomed? Should I remove the fabric and try the newspapers and mulch method? Should I leave the fabric alone, except for the part that I will be planting my annuals and perennials?

Thank you for your advice. Please let me know if this is not the right forum for my question.

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Beeone(4 N. Wyo.)

You shouldn't have anything to worry about. The landscape fabric will block light from reaching the soil, so any weeds that germinate will die.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 1:09AM
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Over time all mulch will accumulate seeds on top of it. You can pull as you see any. Just leave the fabric alone as it is working similar to the newspaper except the newspaper will eventually become part of the soil long before the landscape fabric decays.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 9:07PM
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