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Consensus on Landscape Fabric

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rockandroller, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    What do you'll think of landscape fabric when you do bed renovations, new beds etc...?I am bidding out a job to clear out all vegetation (weeds, unwanted perennials) in about 440 sq ft of beds, then lay some landscape stone in it's place. I absolutely do not like working with the fabric, and I don't think it does that great a job in preventing weeds as well..

    Just want to get a feel for what you'll think of it, and do you always use it in applications such as this?

  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    I only use it under stone to keep the stone from sinking into the dirt.

  3. thats the only time we use it also.
  4. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    Ditto , unless the client insists and I can't convince them otherwise..
  5. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    Agree. I find many of my clients really insist on it and are willing to pay for it, even if I tell them otherwise.
  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Under stone is about the only time I use it. Or is the customer is dead set insistent that we use it.
  7. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 511

    if people are willing to pay, use it! It's not that bad to use, I use it anytime I put new beds in with mulch. if your going to be edging it every year with a mechanical edger keep the fabric away from the edge so it doesn't get caught up. It really helps keep the weeds out when using with stone, at least for a couple years and then enough debris falls in between the stones and seeds start to sprout up.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    There is no such thing as weed prevention anyhow, it's weed control and control them is all we can do.
    I think control, in this case means we deal with one weed while another sprouts, perhaps in a sense we're only controlling the direction in which they grow, maybe we slow them down some. I don't know, Round-up and Ortho kills a few, as does Drive-75df, but stop them?

    And that plastic fabric, I can't deal with it.
  9. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    I think that really heavy duty black plastic stuff works the best under rock. I've noticed there are very few weeds in the beds with this stuff and the rock doesn't settle. I haven't been able to find anyone in this area that sells the stuff, though. My second choice is the gray woven stuff. I hear the black mesh is the worst. Does anyone know this for sure?
  10. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to write it in the bid and let them decide, but actually I'm hoping they opt out. I hate it, and it may mean more maintenance visits after the install.

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