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Manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' surface roots and weed barrier

10 years ago

Our front yard was re-landscaped a few years ago and the whole area covered with a white permeable weed barrier fabric. It does help to control weeds -- however, it is stuck to the surface like sticky shelf paper, and wherever I've peeled some back the soil is hard and doesn't appear that it has benefited at all by the mulch on top of the barrier.

There's a 3-year old Manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' with a mature Salvia leucantha encroaching on it (they were planted too close). I'm planning to remove the Salvia to give Dr. Hurd more space.

I peeled back the weed barrier fabric below Dr. Hurd and saw a layer of roots on the surface, many of them growing up through the fabric. I am planning to remove all the fabric. Should I cover the surface roots with native soil, or just mulch it with wood chips?

The tree is growing beautifully. Will I harm it by tearing up the fabric which may damage some surface roots?

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