soil amendments

Asked October 6, 2019, 1:47 PM EDT

I recently moved to Fruita, CO. The planting area in my back yard has landscape fabric covered with wood chips.Should I try to take this up and amend the soild underneath? The soil is very hard probably because it doesn't get water through the landscape fabric.

Mesa County Colorado

1 Response

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Depending on your planting goals, it is probably a good idea to remove the landscaping fabric, amend the soil, and then utilize a mulch that better suits your needs. It also might be a good idea to get a soil test to determine what the soil may be lacking- to better prepare for what you plan to plant in the area.

You can use this as a guide for selecting mulch: https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/garden/07214.pdf
You can pick up a soil testing kit from the Mesa County Extension office: 2775 US-50, Grand Junction, CO

Unfortunately, landscaping fabrics can sometimes create problems, and in the case of mulch on top- this ends up creating a medium for weed growth above the fabric.

Thanks,