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Black weed mats in mulch beds?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by C.J., Jul 14, 2012.

  1. C.J.

    C.J. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    I have a job where the customer wants us to remove all of the weeds in a 50yd strip of his backyard, then lay down a black mat to keep weeds from growing back and cover it with mulch. never messes with these black mats, any advice on them or if they work? how do you secure them to the ground?
  2. grasscutter24

    grasscutter24 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    They work okay for the 1st year or so. Eventually, your customer will still get weeds. I never use the black mat, unless I have a customer who asks for it (remember to charge for putting it down). There are small U stakes that you use to keep it in place while mulching. Just put one in each corner.

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    Seriously try to talk them out of the mat. It will hold existing weed seed under it from geerminating......... but as soon as weed seed are distributed in fresh mulch on top of mat you will have germination.
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  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Everytime I have a customer with that crap in their beds I beg them to let me tear it out it's nothing but a PITA Whenever I do a bed prep for a mulch job I till and rake all the weeds and grass out then put down a preemergent such as snapshot, then spread in the mulch then another layer of snapshot on top of the mulch, then just new snapshot every month or so. beds stay about 95% weed free using this method at least for me. It's just a constant battle no matter what you do really.
  5. C.J.

    C.J. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    So what would be the next best option besides the weed mat?
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  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    see above post^^^^^^^
  7. C.J.

    C.J. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    well I have to get it done today, I plant on pulling all the weeds I can, then hitting it with a lawn mower, heavy spray of round up. then lay the mats down, add the mulch. any last minute advice?
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Tell the client not to expect it to be maintenance-free and that he should preen the mulch on a regular basis... any weeds with underground spreading root systems like quack grass or canadian thistle is likely to appear around the perimeter of that mat...

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