Landscape fabric mulch - dos and don'ts?
I'm planning to use landscape fabric from 3' wide rolls in my garden this summer. My primary desire is to help control weeds but if it will help conserve soil moisture and warm the soil earlier, that's good too. (I'm not sure if the fabric is helpful for warming. I think that clear plastic may do that better.)
We have a clay based soil but luckily our house was built before the practice of removing the top soil was established. We have what looks like decent top soil that supports a very healthy crop of weeds. ;)
I plan to use a fabric around tomatoes, peppers and bush summer squash. Can I use it between rows of stuff like beans? Carrots? Peas? I also grow vining winter squash (Waltham Butternut) and allow them to wander around the garden. I think they may root along the vine. Will I cause difficulties for them if they are not allowed to do so?
How about around rhubarb and asparagus? Maybe not. the rhubarb seems to do a pretty good job of crowding out weeds and the asparagus does need to come up in a larger area than just a single stalk. Maybe once the asparagus is up, I can surround it with fabric to suppress weeds and then pull it up in the fall or winter so the shoots can come up unhindered in the spring.
If you have any particular success stories or attempts that didn't work, please share them with me so I can be more successful with my application.