May 22 , 2020
Low-Maintenance Perennial Garden
When you start a new perennial border, spread non-woven polypropylene black landscape fabric over the soil. The fabric keeps weeds under control, holds heat in cool spring weather (giving your plants a faster start), and lets water soak through to the roots. Buy a non-biodegradable fabric that weighs about three ounces per square yard (about $10 for a 3 x 25-ft. piece). Use U-shaped metal stakes to hold down the fabric.