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Tilling & then planting bulbs - Q's

I am going to till under to create "beds" alongside a home I use as a rental (and is 2000 miles away from me so I can't work in the yard often) and then I am going to plant tiger lily bulbs and then mulch over (keeping in mind total depth for the bulbs). I'm wondering if I need to lay any landscape cloth between tilled earth and mulch making holes for the bulbs to come through or if this isn't necessary. I'd REALLY rather not ($$ & denying the earth the nutrients)but this home will be occupied by renters who won't weed and I don't want to have weeds coming through the mulch.

Thoughts?

Re: Tilling & then planting bulbs - Q's

  • I have yet to see landscape cloth that held up to weeds longer than a year or two. Usually what happens is the weeds just grow on top of the cloth and dig their roots in, making them harder to pull. Plus it makes your soil crappy. If it were me I'd mulch deeply and think about hiring someone to do a little yard maintenance.

    Maybe other people have had better luck, though. 

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  • When we first moved into our house, there was landscape fabric. I hated it.

    Honestly, if you're not going to be around to take care of it, why are you planting flower beds? Renters usually don't care. If they want beds, they can do it themselves.

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    When we first moved into our house, there was landscape fabric. I hated it.

    Honestly, if you're not going to be around to take care of it, why are you planting flower beds? Renters usually don't care. If they want beds, they can do it themselves.



    Because this isn't a crap house I bought to shove people in for income. Its a beautiful 100 year old craftsman house across the street from Lake Superior. Its beautiful and I take pride in owning it. I believe if a place looks nice, tenants are more inclined to take care of it too!
  • Don't use landscaping fabric or rocks for that matter.  We made the mistake of doing that when we first moved in and it was far from maintenance free.  It was a lot of work to remove all of is but it was well worth it.  Just put down some nice edging (or a trench if you don't want to invest in edging) and 3" of mulch.  Cedar wood chips are the best IMO as they last longer.  But I also put down a layer of compost before putting down wood chips so I'm not relying on the wood chips to quickly decompose to add nutrients to the beds. 
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