Dont WASTE your money on weed cloth. All was good until this spring. There is no enforcement. I also tried weed fabric and mulch on one area – less successfully. The air does get in and the beautiful earth is not compacted by walking on it . wouldn’t that be to much organic matter to add? Seems too complicated to me. Weeds have a difficult time poking through as they cannot squirm through the blanketed porous screens. It was a mess. Now I see many thick strands of coarse grass popping through the area that was extended. But besides that only sweep occasionally. Consequently, microbes die, fungus dies and dew worms either leave or die. My hubby got our stuff from work for free, (commercial construction), and this stuff is like woven tarp material. The fabric is rated at 1.5 ounces and is strong enough to be used under gravel for paths and driveways without suffering any damage. You are not able to use Roundup in Ontario. And can’t find in bulk in Omaha and by the bag is too pricey. This is very interesting – thanks. The problem with the method is that the newspaper and cardboard keeps water and air from the soil. You might have to do this all summer to get rid of all grass. The rain seeps through the fabric to get at the plants and lawn watering does the same. I’m have a outer wall of just installed stones 3 courses high —14inches total height — to hold the topsoil and the plants. “The water should run freely through it. Seems like it works for some people and it doesn’t for other. Landscape fabric is used as a weed barrier in fields, gardens and planting beds. Roots will still grow into it and it will still show if there is not enough mulch on top. Once they start growing on top of the ” new” dirt, their roots get strong and just punch right through the fabric, becoming entangled into the fabric. cover mulch (hay,straw). I’m at my wits end with these weeds. I agree. Thanks from an Irish gardener, of sorts, currently in sandy France. Cost How do you recommend I kill the grass first? I agree.Roundup (Glyphosphate).Bindweed can have roots up to 20 feet deep. I don’t know. *phew. Anyone who gardens where the mighty Canadian Thistle grows will agree – I’m convinced that thistle will grow through steel.. Landscape fabrics will suppress below-the-fabric weed seeds the first season, but airborne seeds that settle in organic mulch atop the fabric will germinate, and some will root. Thoughts I can relay to my landscaper? However I disagree that it is bad. In the past ive never had any trouble removing weeds. Why not recycle and reuse bug screens, similar to wood chips idea. Cardboard will degrade over time, and in a year or two it is gone. I would not use commercial grade fabric. At the moment it is just topsoil with few weeds. I am also a big fan of employing strong local youths at a fair hourly rate for these type of projects. Why Can’t You Trust Gardening Information on the Internet & How to Bloom Houseplants? These look nice, and oak especially lasts the growing season. Unless it is biodegradeable after many years which means you will have the same problem as regular stuff. Or leave the leaves in the garden whee they belong. And for protecting the environment. More on bark dust here. Yes, you are correct that; some tiny roots weave through the bug screen fabric, but my idea has been maintenance free for over 12 years. Neither is good for your plants. Big chips are better than small ground up stuff. Thicker fabric typically runs a bit more. It also allows water to get through very easily. Ty. Another factor that affects the amount that the fabric stretches is the actual fiber that the fabric is made out of. 2 rows drip, strip or 3-4 foot fabric, cuts holes every 3-5 feet, plants shrubs/ berries/hedges. Good luck..Btw, bug window screen fabric is far more porous and will not suffocate your garden projects like landscaping fabric or chemicals sprays that are not good for the environment, shrubbery or animals. I have moved into a new flat and there appears to be PARTS on this black plastic underlay under parts of the garden, plenty of weeds and ivy ripping through. I intended to use landscape fabric to kill off a mostly weed lawn, infiltrated by a ground cover (periwinkle). Landscape fabric is used as a physical barrier (a weed barrier) in gardens and planting beds. Hey Lana! Weeds and plants are both plants same result. Will recread my notes. And, btw, strawberries proliferate in the rows, and are deliciously productive. What are your thoughts on using weed barrier under what will become a Zen garden? Digging out all the weed roots seemed impossible. Prevents weed seeds buried in the soil beneath from sprouting. I will only have 3 or 4 bushes in a 450 sq ft area, the rest of the area will be limestone chippings and a few big rocks. SHOULD I REPLANT MY BUSHES, AFTER DIGGING AND PUTTING IN BETTER SOIL, OR WILL THEY GROW AND HOW CAN I tell if they are not doing as well as they should??? I strongly discourage the use of any landscaping fabric. My husband bought tons of very heavy duty landscape fabric about 10 years ago. A think layer of wood chips will reduce weeds just as effectively as the cloth. Roots will still grow into it and it will still show if there is not enough mulch on top. Landscape fabric is the best way to ensure that weeds do not grow through your mulch! I have used tar paper to cover and protect fig trees from New York winters, but I’ve heard tar paper may have unsafe chemical run off that could contaminate the fruit. This is also how I use landscape fabric. I remove it in the fall. It is true that seeds sprouting under the cloth will not grow through it. Thanks! Innovative and creative, this man layered bug screens (three sheets thick) on top of each other, and buried them out of sight and covered them with lava rocks or drain rock. The ink on paper and cardboard is made from natural chemicals and is quite safe. Best part is, it’s biodegradable. Everything was so inter-grown that I had to virtually rip out everything – not an easy task. It’s very shaded and my neighbor up the hill from me doesn’t believe in grass, so her whole yard is weeds and sticks and moldy leaves she doesn’t mulch or remove. I was going to invest in a commercial grade fabric and then layer with colored dark brown mulch since was told the colored mulch won’t attract termites. Helps retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. Best thing to do is to cover it with 4 inches of wood chips. If I do some heavy mulching. I use it to maintain weed free low maintenance rows between berry rows. Use some not so common sense people. Pull all the weeds first, then set your stones, then keep up with it. Gardeners that have used lots of manure find plants stop growing well, and when the soil is tested they find real high levels of P and K. On the other hand most seeds started indoors are started in almost 100% peat moss. Adding some calcium will do no harm, but adding a lot is not good for soil or plants. This is mostly a gardening myth. Keep it watered so it does not fly away as you put it down. Try Sunbelt by Dewitt. I just found this new research (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016719871930580X?fbclid=IwAR2dzne1NQs57Lb4bpqxglMu5HwThdgFHqqXUloZOBLRd9SEWMmaIN5i72k) which demonstrates just how badly landscape fabric blocks gas exchanges and fails to live up to all of its claims. thank you in advance! This is how landscape fabric is advertised to work. Lasagna method has gotten a lot of press and it works quite well for getting rid of the grass. I have had an educationaĺ tour and head spinner reading all this. Thanks for your time. I don’t see how a landscape fabric can be biodegradeable and still work? Hi I am a hop grower in Nova Scotia and I am wondering if I can use the filter fabric to control weeds next to my plants if that will cause my plants not to grow well. The fabric also blocks out light which will keep weeds from … Landscape fabric is constructed from woven fibers or manufactured as a solid sheet with perforated holes to allow water to soak through. My flowers and vegetables grow beautifully ! If weeding were mostly removed from gardening, more people would grow a garden and thereby probably have healthier diets. Just commenting on your premise that landscape fabric does not work. It worked like a dream. Thank you. I have more weeds every year then plants it’s ridiculous. I live close to a ravine which is protected and we as home owners are not aloud to use poisons In the area. We can’t dig all the roots up (as is recommended), as they’ve gone underneath our poured concrete patio. I can plant more junipers to fill in the open spots, apply herbicides safely and appropriately, spread more mulch, and pull the weeds that still make it through. Does it normally take a while for water to go through landscape fabric, or is the stuff we have more like plastic sheeting? Vinca major is an invasive plant in North America and should be used less, especially near any wooded area. I don’t know about hessian sacks. Use arborist wood chips which tend to be larger. Thinking outside the box, this westcoast Canadian layered factory damaged rolls of window bug screens and grabbed recycled ones from customers that were free. Powered by, https://www.gardenmyths.com/sheet-mulching-lasagna-gardening-harm-soil/, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016719871930580X?fbclid=IwAR2dzne1NQs57Lb4bpqxglMu5HwThdgFHqqXUloZOBLRd9SEWMmaIN5i72k, http://obcnw.com/groundcovercloth4x300.aspx, http://www.qvsshop.co.uk/blog/2014/11/20/usingweedsuppressant/. You can also apply newspapers and mulch on top. Adding a couple of inches of compost each year, and harvesting vegetables should not be a problem. Poison Ivy poses a health hazard. Hello, Voila! Many of those were re-landscapes. A pre-emergent herbicide won’t harm established plants. So weed control is an issue .I tried newspaper and had weeds everywhere within a month. I covered the ground with this fabric 1st http://obcnw.com/groundcovercloth4x300.aspx. Cant tell you how many times ive given this “talk” to people. Does it let water through to the plants? We have about 3-4 inches of mulch on top. Do Marigolds Stop Cabbage Worms – Is this Good Companion Planting? Landscape fabric is really only good for one application. Moreover, landscape fabric lets water and air in and doesn’t diminish the ground quality. There is a serious misunderstanding here. It discourages garden-friendly earthworms that need to reach the soil surface to survive. If you understand Roundup you would not be surprised. I had to remove a nightmare of black 3 mil plastic, leaving only bare earth and “tons” of weeds. It’s kind of a pain to replace each year, but earthworms love it. I paid for a nearly maintenance free landscape and now I have tons of weeding grass to do. Commercial grade still has all the problems of cheaper brands – don’t use it. It was meant to last one season and then decay, which it did. I hate weed barrier fabric. I ended up having to just pull the fabric up to get the grass out. i see this post is from a few years ago, hopefully you are still monitoring it. In way too many cases when we arrived to re-landscape a home the very first thing that we had to deal with was weed barrier cloth that was practically welded to the ground because there were so many weeds growing through the fabric that removing the weed barrier fabric was a nightmare of a job. 21 Common Indoor Plant Myths – That Save You Time and Money. I was thinking of putting down weed barrier fabric and covering with washed rock. We need to move beyond that idea. I never cover it with mulch. So those four plants are the only things I need the soil to be good for. The 3.5 oz is so thick and durable that you can barely poke a knife through it while the cheap hardware stuff is too light that you often accidently poke your fingers through it while putting it down. Thank you so much for keeping gardeners honest! I cuts out most of the weeding from gardening. I have a slope in front of my house and had no success at a lawn. He was making me a seed mat for wild flowers. I am planting some wildflower seeds…would you recommend temporarily using the cloth to cover them instead of peat moss to keep birds honest? It looks like I’m growing weed gardens. If you use more mulch to hide the weed barrier, wind and water deposits soil particles and plant remains onto the cloth. If the mulch is 6″ thick it should kill cold season grasses. In Ontario glyphosate can be used when the weed poses a health hazard. It does not take long and the dew worms, microbes and other soil life, which depends on air and food, either leave or die. It was common in my neighborhood for all the gravel driveways to have fabric installed first (same contractor). I moved out and they moved in. There is the thin, woven stuff and there is the thicker, more plastic like stuff. You could but it needs to be removed before the seeds start to grow, and in a seed mix, different types of seed germinate at different rates. Thanks for the article…I have a garden about 30′ x 15’…I’m looking to downsize the garden and utilize say only about 10′ x 15′..so the other 20′ x 15′ I want to cover & not grow anything & not have any weeds sprout…I’m looking for something simple to accomplish this goal..I was thinking of buying some contractor grade fabric landscape fabric to cover the part of the garden I will no longer be using…What would be you’re recommendation for my goals? Either a low sedum, or if you like something higher, try Stephanandra incisa ‘Crispa’. You won’t be planting vegetables until next year, and by then the nitrogen is gone. The fabric is placed on the ground, between plants/crops, forming a barrier that allows air and water to pass through the fabric in order for plants to grow. I agree with you. Where is the reference that tested such a product? It probably lets air and water through better than landscape fabric. Thank you. Seems as if termites either can’t see or have poor vision. i have a few skeens of it and would love to use it if it will work. He proceeded to put down landscaping fabric almost everywhere. I use garbage bags nothings growing through one of those! I dont want the same thing to happen I’m wondering if I put down a plastic type trellis to stop the pebbles falling through but to let the soil and other odds and ends fall through whether this would work. Mine has been there for probably 10 years, and there are weeds under, through, & on top of the fabric. Would you say I should put down wood chips or newspaper first and then put the layer of rock over this or just put the rock down on it’s own? I don’t worry about “doing as well as they should”. The issues become less as the pore size increases, but then it also becomes useless for suppressing weeds. 4. 1) Herbicide. There are 2 types of weed Very frustrated with this landscaping company!!! Is there an alternative to fabric? I just mulch my plants and sprinkle down some preen. Weed barrier cloth is no better for controlling weeds than a 4 inch layer of mulch. If you need to change anything in your garden over the years, weed barrier becomes a nightmare. I did, though, use paper landscape cloth under a hedgerow, albeit with mulch on top. Disclosure: BobVila.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for publishers to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I’m looking for something to only use for 2-3 years before pulling it up again; we aren’t planting anything in it, and will be just temporarily landscaping over it to wait it out. Or skip it altogether? This grass is driving me nuts!!! What a special kind of hell it is removing weeds where fabric has been laid ! For many years I have collected newspapers ( only the black and white) for mulch in the rows between my raised beds. SO it is unlikely the ‘coloring’ in wood chips will make a difference. Then the weeds just grow right on top of the fabric. Thank you. I pull them and it seems like they multiply every other day. That is not how it is usually used. It looks to me like water just sits on top and doesn't soak through. As your plants become larger and take up more of the original planting area, it’s impossible to work compost around the bases. I couldn’t pull the grass up, there was just too much of it. Most gardening experts advise gardeners to avoid using petroleum products or products with chemicals around plants. hello.. Landscape fabric(which is usually black) also helps plants grow in some situations because it warms the soil. It probably lets air and water through better than landscape fabric. This solution is also better for the environment since I am using fewer commercially made products. You might change your mind over time as so many others have done. Amazing topic. That material in not the same as what is normally referred to as landscape fabric and available to consumers, at least no in North America. Water still goes through, and so does air unlike landscape fabric. Being organic minded didn’t want to spray it 1st. Is it too much? Landscape fabric provided a nightmare for me when I planted strawberries in rows for what I thought was going to be an easy prevention of weeds. Usually my dogs don’t get in the area, but if they do with the stuff hurt them. We need something that at least lets a bit of water in, as we’re on a bit of a slope and don’t want to send a waterfall of water to the neighbour’s yard. What type of wood chips do you recommend? It might seem like you are adding a lot, but most of this manure and compost will be degraded, and the amount of remaining organic matter will be much less once you are ready to plant. Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society, it is a plastic and we don’t need more plastic in the environment, plant roots growing on top of the fabric can’t withstand a drought as easily, moving plants, and dividing plants is a nightmare because the weed barrier prevents you from digging new holes, if you do get weeds they are near impossible to pull out. The real problem is that roots grow through it and hold it tight. Woven fabrics have less give than knitted fabrics which is good for filtration since if fabrics stretch (as knits do), the holes in between the fibers get larger and let more particles through. It is by oz sq yard to heavy depending You will get few weeds. It probably depends on the type of cloth. In a vegetable garden you will want these gone by next spring–either they decompose, or you remove them. If you can breathe through it, so can the soil.” It’s important to remember that while landscape fabrics go a long way toward controlling weeds, … Its all about how and where you use it. Not only did it NOT prevent weeds from growing, but the runners and weeds got trapped in the fabric, making it impossible for me to manage the four 50 foot rows that I had anticipated would bring much joy and production.. It comes in rolls (view example on Amazon), typically at least 3 feet wide and anywhere from 50 feet to 200 feet, or more, in length. I was gonna cut holes in the cardboard and fabric with a razor blade type cutter, dig the holes and plant, then lay the rock down. I have had a fabric barrier in one large section of my garden for approximately 3 years. Once it fills in – virtually no maintenance, drought tolerant, looks nice and no weeds. Thank you for this post, Robert, and good luck with your zenning, Glenn. I would not worry about them. Most gardeners agree that the best place for landscape fabric is around shrubs and trees where it can be installed and topped with quality mulch to hopefully last for years. Add wood chip mulch on top of the soil. I get almost no weeds after about 4 years. None of this is good for the soil. My question is can u water from top as plants look like they need water. Does not work well on slopes or hills. Landscapers want to install either pvc pipes underground from gutters, or make a swale with fabric, then river rock to keep the rocks and dirt separate so water will pass over the rocks. For the plants, I use a new-ish product : bales of chopped hay/straw, which is mostly seed free and easy to snuggle close to stems. Hi Fabric weed barrier is also biodegradable and … Thank you for your straight-forward honesty about landscape fabrics. Termites are not attracted to wood chips and are safe to use in termite infected areas. Expert advice from Bob Vila, the most trusted name in home improvement, home remodeling, home repair, and DIY. Some of them are probably even edible. It’s said that it’s air permeable, biodegradable? Add mulch as necessary. I have established many hedge rows of berry bushes, deciduous and evergreen shrubs this way. What the drawbacks of over 5% organic matter? I could cry with frustration. Just keep in mind you might have to water more than you would otherwise — the water will first permeate the fabric, and then the ground, … I have saved your site for future info. As to the water pooling or puddling -- the wholesale grower I used to work for used commercial grade landscape fabric to cover the can beds to keep weeds down. Thanks so much…I will give the wood chips a try. I recall it being a daunting task with a rake, patience, and a lot of sweat. It is not covered with mulch. In zone 5 I recommend Geranium Geranium macrohizum. After some research for a Japanese dry garden I found out that what they use are 1/4 inch irregular rock. Weed barrier cloth is porous (ie it has holes in it) and it is advertised as ‘letting the rain flow through’. I have been using it for years and when done right, it works great. It is the not organic material that is the problem, but the decomposition of it over time. A 3.5 oz fabric is too thick for weeds to penetrate and also comes in 3 feet, 4 feet, 5 feet, 6 feet, 7 feet or 8 feet widths. Please let me know. Use a thicker layer of stones or smaller stones that are also thick. I will be using your insight regularly. The weed shoots emerged after a year, but were harder to pull out. I’ve read posts by others on your blog who had the problem of trying to remove years’ old woven cloth covering a garden area. I use a really good quality landscape fabric to cover the soil between my raised garden beds. This fabric does absolutely nothing but take up time and money. The loss of water due to the weed barrier is offset by the fact that the weeds are no longer using the water. I plan on keeping the weed barrier away from those bushes so the they’ll thrive. The rest of the stuff in the rock garden will be in containers. There is a MUCH better FREE alternative. You may get a few years out of it, but eventually more soil will cover the fabric, and seeds will fall, and you’ll be pulling ‘weeds’ out of the fabric. The inside of the sheets is calcium sulfate dihydrate. Have you done side by side studies to quantify the amount of water going through your fabric vs no fabric? Let's divide all landscape fabrics into 2 types. The solution was a thick layer of cardboard covered in 4 inches of weed free compost mixed with a little grit. Mulch with organic material. The one you are describing works just as you say, Next year, I’ll go with layered cardboard with a wood-chip mulch (the latter for aesthetic reasons since I have neighbors). In my case, I gots rolls of it for free and they were happy to get rid of it. Worked on over 100 homes with my commercial grade fabric and not 1 complaint. Obviously, the more water, the wider the trench will have to be. But only if you also invest in a lot of automation as you have described. blocker material. Once I mulch heavily it lasts for many years. If you’re landscaper used the professional grade material, then you should be fine. Not trying to be cocky, I just can’t stand the stuff when I’m working with a client or something. Thanks for your advice! I believe some of it is impregnated with a herbicide to help keep down weeds. You can add fabric on top to help hold mulch in place. I keep weeding and mulching but nothing is helping. 1 0. How do you know you are providing enough air not to affect the soil microbes? No material with small holes will work as well as no material at all. By Glenda Taylor and Bob Vila. If not, what can we use to reduce the amount of weeds that come through the stones? I’m planting small shrubs and small plants in a 28 by 8 foot area next to the front of my house with a raised bed of black topsoil that they will be planted in. Wood chips work just fine on their own and they add organic material to the soil. I also use it to start berry/shrub/hedge rows. on how much abuse under mulch it needs. By allowing the water to shed off the landscaped area, it can either flow into somewhere you don’t want water to go, such as a foundation or retaining wall, or it will flow off into a storm drain, carrying pollutants into our waterways and oceans, while increasing the demand for potable water in the landscaped area. The landscape fabric should be removed after a couple of years once the tree is large enough and strong enough to compete with the weeds. My recommendation is to view cloth as an interim solution It will save some time especially if you have a tendency to want to establish too many beds in too short a time! If you use a couple of inches of manure and compost, and cover with straw, that will kill the existing grass. cover with rich compost/manure Either will out compete most weeds in deep to full shade under dense canopies. A lot of people miss-use the fabric, and therefore make it less effective. The soil below the landscape fabric is important, and you don’t want to starve it for air or nutrients for years because this will create an unhealthy environment for any plants you decide to place there. Thanks. WHAT A NIGHTMARE landscaping fabric is ! Throughout my yard I have about 9 different flower beds piled higher then the grass. 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