Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:57
I simply hate that weed fabric. It provides conditions for stale dead soil. No air, no birds can feed there and plants don't really like it. Organic mulches cannot be applied either. Moving and dividing plants is a nightmare and weeds will still establish on top of the weed fabric. Looks awful too over time.
I would remove that wretched fabric ASAP.
Do you also need that gravel? Could you dig it in or apply an organic mulch. A good application of organic fertiliser too will make a big difference to growth this spring.