Landscape cloth

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by AMW Landscaping, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Who puts down landscape cloth on new installs to keep weeds down in the future?
     
  2. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I don't unless asked to do so. If placing mulch on top it's only really effective a year, maybe two.
     
  3. Nicktw25

    Nicktw25 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 70

    I don't unless asked to do so. Like mentioned previously, I don't find it very effective.
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I do it all the time I even push it to install it
    But I rather rock the area vs mulching

    Now on the mulch job I'll install it as long they know how to maintain the beds come every 2-3 years the mulch needs to be removed and put in new.
    But that never happens 90% of the time So I stay away from mulch I push rock
     
  5. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Where i am doing it, there is already patches of cloth, so i have to dig up the old cloth(2-3 years of mulch build up on it) and pull it out then replace it and cover everything this time. Is it worth all the time of digging the old up or should i not mention it to the customer?
     
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If the cloth is in good shape I would just clean out the mulch
    You might need patch few areas with cloth

    I leave the cloth as long its the good stuff not the crap from a box store
     
  7. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is the crap, and who ever put it down did not know what they were doing at all. It is just one strip down the center of the bed that needs 3 strips. The cloth is falling apart and weeds are growing threw it.
     
  8. green_thumb

    green_thumb LawnSite Member
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    On new decorative stone installs we'll use fabric sometimes. But in your case, pull all that crap right out. Re-do the bed and check out Snapshot. It's pricy stuff, but less expensive than the labor it takes for trimming fabric around shrubs, etc... If you do fabric, don't forget the staples to hold it down. They're about$12 a box. I'd get 2 boxes. It'll make your job easier.
    http://www.keystonepestsolutions.com/snapshot-50-pound-bag-mulch-bed-weed-inhibitor-202.html
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you put it back Buy the width of the beds The wider the roll is the better less seams
    Biggest roll I have bought was 16' wide

    Use preen on top the cloth then after mulch installed use preen again
     
  10. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
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    using fabric is a waste of time and money. The mulch just breaks down into soil and the weeds grow on top. I only use fabric when trying to keep two materials seperate like stone and soil behind a wall or if Im putting down crushed stone.
     

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