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underlayment fabric?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mgosser, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. mgosser

    mgosser LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I need some info on some good fabric underlayment. Most is like a thin plastic and won't last a year. I have been using a Sam's Club fabric and I like it, but it is seasonal to buy and they are out. I am almost out and I need some help.
  2. JTLawnandLandscape

    JTLawnandLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Lowes and HD sell a nice fabric... It's not cheap, it's made of quality woven fabric that keeps the weeds down and allows water and nutrients to penetrate to the soil... I'm 100% against the use of plastic UNLESS you are using it underneath a loose pea gravel patio or something.

    Hope that helps.
  3. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

    What happened to the other post?
    Anyway, I agree with that one. Only use for fabric is under rock. But then maybe I'm spitting into the wind and you are using it for rock.:waving:
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Fabric does not belong under mulch.
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    I agree. Did a walkway used the heavy fabric.
  6. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 515

    Why not? Just wondering.
  7. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    For over 45 years we have blck 4 mil plastic under rock, no problems, and weed mat for behind retaining walls, and french drains, that is it.
  8. mgosser

    mgosser LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Why doesn't fabric belong under mulch? Do customers don't like calling you back in a month wondering who is going to pull all the weeds and grass. Most mulch is bad enough with weed seeds, but with no underlayment it's really bad.
  9. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    Eventually mulch will decompose and weeds will germinate on it.
  10. Mr. Vern

    Mr. Vern LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 632

    Mulch is organic and over time it will beak down and become beautiful soil. The first problem is that the weeds will just grow on top of the fabric - makes it a litte easier to pull, but you still have weeds. Second and more important, is that once the mulch breaks down and is ready to be tilled in, you have this stupid fabric in the way. It also ends up showing through the mulch if it gets disturbed or as it breaks down. Bottom line is if you use fabric under mulch and have to maintain the yard in a year, you will understand why most people don't like it. When it comes to rock - it's a must!

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