Clients often wonder when it is best to use Weed Cloth/Landscape Fabric. It can be a helpful tool when installing your newly designed landscape project. Here are a few key points to consider if it is necessary for your design.
Quality Selection Tips:
- Choose a non-woven geosynthetic textile fabric. Do not use plastic!
- Don’t choose the cheap stuff that will only last a season.
Reasons to Use:
- Helps to deter weeds from growing up into your beautifully designed landscaping.
- Acts as a separation barrier for the landscape rock and soil, so the stone doesn’t get pushed down into the soil.
- Reduces the need for herbicides as weed control.
- Best for use with landscape rock (inorganic mulch).
- Allows water absorption into the soil, which helps to keep moisture in the ground for plants.
- Do not use in garden beds where plant movement is frequent.
- Fabric must be covered with mulch or it will deteriorate with UV exposure. 2”-3” coverage is recommended.
- Helpful to apply a preemergent to the soil prior to laying the cloth. This aids to inhibit weed growth down through the fabric.
- Landscape fabric does require some maintenance.
Applications Where it is Not Necessary:
- Not as necessary for arid/desert climates as it is for wetter regions.
- Not as necessary when using organic mulch, as it inhibits nutrient transfer into the soil.