I purchased this “professional” landscaping fabric from a guy on craigslist for $75. The roll is 4 foot by 225 feet so longer than what I could purchase at the home improvement store. It is heavier fabric too. I used more than half of the roll on the patio area today.
I tried to chop a channel for the fiberglass edging but It was too difficult for me and I wore myself out. Had to come inside and lay down for a nap.
I gave up the idea and just lined the area with the landscape fabric. At the dirt sides I brought the fabric up to the top of the sides but at the wall I just left a bit of extra material. The fabric is installed with the pins that came with it. I used them all and a few nails to hold down strategic points. The fabric is overlapped about six inches.
It was not easy to spread this material because the ground underneath was rocky with dried clumps of dirt and my knees hurt from kneeling on it. But the area is covered and tomorrow we can start putting rock on it.
I’m planning to fill in with about 6 inches of road base and then tamp it. Another layer of fabric should go on top of that and then an inch of sand to lay the tile on. The sand is leveled and smoothed with a concrete float so that the tile lays flat. The patio will be a step down from the existing edge.