Which Fabric?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Keith, Apr 1, 2001.

  1. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    We have never been a big user of landscape fabric, but we have a medium residential job that includes installing about 20 tons of firelite or lava in the landscaped beds. Some of the beds are fairly large and open, and do not yet have plant material installed. What would be the recommended fabric to use here.
     
  2. ianc

    ianc LawnSite Member
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    TerraFix 270R landscape fabric

    weeds grow in any fabric over time (even know they tell it won't - we know better) - this is your best alternative
     
  3. Grateful11

    Grateful11 LawnSite Member
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    I agree with IANC, weeds will grow down through it everytime. I've had better luck with 3-5 layers of newspaper than anything else. It can be a pain to use if there is any wind at all. I don't like to use plastic.
     
  4. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stay away from plastic. Too many moisture problems. And, these guys are right about weed fabric - although it will help for awhile - especially under the conditions you describe.

    One possible supplier might be:
    Fabricscape
    Chicago, Illinois
    1-800-992-0550
    Fax 1-708-728-0482

    They have several types and weights. They will ship COD and in small quantities too. They will send you a catalogue if you call. They have other fabrics and erosion control products too. We've been using them for years.
     
  5. paul

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  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks for the replies, but I have waited until the last minute to get the stuff. We are supposed to get the rock this week. We have a bunch of nursery supply warehouses around here. Do you think they would likely have what I am looking for. What about Typar? Would it be suitable for this? I am asking, because I notice they have 3x300' rolls at Lowe's. Thanks again.

    [Edited by Keith on 04-01-2001 at 04:07 PM]
     
  7. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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    keith, i use a 20 year garuntee cloth fabric, the stuff works great only thing is that its real pricey, it cost a lot but if you can convince your customers to let you put it down you will never have to worry about it again.
     
  8. ianc

    ianc LawnSite Member
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    Tyvek is for houses not landcaping! - as for the cloth fabric with a 20 year guarentee - never heard of it don't think my customers would believe me when I said it will last for 20 years
     
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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  10. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Paul,
    Thanks. I emailed them requesting a catalogue.
     

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