The photo on this page shows the completed project -- for the purpose of the present article, that is. I do, however, intend to install more plants in this space at a later time. To do so, I will repeat the process described in Steps #8 and #9. The salient point of the project as described here is that, in the meantime, weeds will be kept in check. As the garden mulch decomposes over the years, I will have to remove it, applying a new layer to take its place. At the same time, I may well replace the landscape fabric, as well, before too many plant roots become entangled in it.
As stated on Page 1, landscape fabrics have their critics. I by no means claim that they are a "silver bullet" for weed control. Indeed, "serious" gardeners may well choose to stay away from landscape fabrics altogether.
However, in providing tips on the topic of landscaping, I make it a point to steer clear of a one-size-fits-all approach. Some products, while imperfect, may nonetheless fill a niche role. A case in point is the use of landscape fabrics, which may help reduce landscape maintenance in some instances for homeowners who are "on the go." It is for just such individuals that the present article has been written, so that they can decide for themselves if, for their own unique circumstances, the pros of landscape fabrics outweigh the cons.