We recently bought and moved into our home. The previous owner set up some great plants (natives, water smart, fragrant and pollinator friendly) and trees with watering automation as well.
The visible surface (and if I scratch or dig) shows at least 1 foot deep mulching. I think I understand that this is to protect the soil and water. Recently, I wanted to add another native plant (Mexican Bush Sage) but when I attempted to dig deeper than the mulch layer, I see a dark fibrous cloth-like material. (NOTE: As I was selecting the tags for this question
landscape-fabric showed up and so I am back here adding this note.)
I tried other spots and it is almost like that layer was deliberately placed before mulching. I would imagine it may be to keep the soil compact under the mulch. So:
- In such a setup is it expected to never redo any gardening?
- Or is it okay to cut through that fibrous sheet?
- How do I go about planting new plants?
Note: Because of the seller's agent we haven't had much luck in contacting the prev owner to understand the answers to these questions or even get a landscape recommendation. Before I spend money on consultation or on a contractor I wanted to see if I could get good hints here.