Should Soaker Hose Be Above Or Below Landscape Cloth

Question From: L. Hutchison - Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Q: I have installed a landscape cloth to prevent weeds in the flower bed. Do I lay my soaker hose on top of this and then cover with mulch or do I place the soaker hose under the landscape cloth. I tried the top and the cloth seems to prevent the water soaking into the earth.

A: The landscape cloth should allow moisture to penetrate. If it doesn't you may have a problem. The plants in the bed may not get enough moisture in the cool season. Soaker hoses should be installed under the landscape cloth. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy