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Hi - do you prefer to lay bark over landscape fabric BEFORE planting through the fabric or after? It saves time in laying of the bark but it takes longer to plant through and is there a greater risk of the soil ending up on the surface so resulting in greater weed problems? I've always laid bark after planting but have a client suggesting it's better to do it the other way round. Thoughts? 


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  • bark after planting for me. not necessarily after planting the whole area, as one can bark the planted bit from one end as soon as some of the plants are in, if it suits

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    After for me as it real easy to clear soil from the planting before putting.g down the clippings.

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    We ‘bark’ after planting and plant after laying geotextile using cross slits :)

    You’re the ‘expert’ so don’t let the armchair version dictate what you do.....

    Only extra tip I can give is to keep your geotextile taunt with pegs and use v sharp cutting knife so it doesn’t rip geotextile

    • Cross slits as in a x?

  • Like Gary says after planting, cross cuts and keep it tight for ease of cutting and spreading bark.

  • What reason did they give for saying that? 

    Always plant then bark.

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    Thanks everyone that is really really helpful. Working on your own makes you question your own practice more than you should sometimes. Thanks for reminders also on taut fabric and sharp knives. Much appreciated! 

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    bark after planting but without fabric. 


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      Agreed, a mixed soil border with membrane ? 

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