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Bulbs under landscape fabric

Posted by sbarrett NC (My Page) on
Mon, May 25, 09 at 10:30

Hi - I just rehabbed a long shady strip by our driveway, and put down landscape fabric and mulch. I have a bunch of hosta, lily of the valley, astilbe, and dicentra bulbs. If I plant them under the fabric, with slits to grow through, will they sprout/grow? Of should I start them in containers, then transplant once at the seedling stage?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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RE: Bulbs under landscape fabric

You can do it either way. They should do fine.


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RE: Bulbs under landscape fabric

  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Mon, May 25, 09 at 14:35

If you can reconsider the landscape fabric - I would. I garden for a living, and I can tell you from experience, that after a year or so, the landscape fabric will cause wayyyy more problems than it solves.


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  • Posted by socal23 USDA10/Sunset23 (My Page) on
    Wed, May 27, 09 at 12:16

I want to second Carrie. Landscape fabric is okay for a low maintenance shrub planting with pre-emergents; it isn't really suitable for a perennial border.

Ryan


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  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Wed, May 27, 09 at 16:24

(Ryan! We meet again...)


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RE: Bulbs under landscape fabric

The lily of the valley has thug tendencies and can probably outrun your landscaping fabric.

Each of the other plants you mention will sooner or eventually outgrow its slit.

If you dream of generous clumps of Hosta offset by those lovely ferny fronds of Dicentra - go for a reasonably thick cover of fine to medium nugget-size bark mulch over a generous helping of aged commercially made compost (to ensure no weed seeds).


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