I'm supposed to be planting a friend's garden tomorrow. They have a nice deep foundation bed already edged with stone but they've always just mulched the empty bed and aren't "garden people." They'd really like NO maintenance but want to add some curb appeal with plants. I have a sketch drawn out and will be planting shrubs that will require little to no pruning and will mature to an appropriate size for the space plus some low maintenance perennials.
Here's the catch... the other night they called to ask about how much compost to have delivered (I figured this would be a good idea to build up the soil quality). Now they tell me that there's landscape fabric under the mulch! They also wanted to just cut holes in the fabric to plant the plants because they don't want to weed. I explained why landscape fabric really isn't all that helpful in weed prevention, kills the soil quality, doesn't allow for rhizomatus plants to spread, and really just all around isn't helpful for building a healthy planted foundation garden. I think I convinced them that the fabric needs to come out, but this does change things a bit.
I've heard the stuff is a nightmare to remove! Any tips for removal? Also, how worried should I be about the quality of the soil. Will the compost we're adding be enough to get it thriving again?