"Black Mat"??? is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by roadhawg3, May 13, 2004.

  1. roadhawg3

    roadhawg3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I have a back yard about 26'x77' that I want to till up, and install sod, and cypress mulch. some one suggested I should install some Black Matting to keep the weeds and small tree shoots from coming back up. i have never used this stuff before, but I believe it is the same thing they use at plant nurseries to keep down the weeds? It is not cheap, I called one place, and they said it was 35 cents a foot. actually, I believe it is cheaper by the roll, as it was $250. per roll, they said one roll should be enuff,. I would greatly appreciate any feedback from anyone that has used and installed this material or knows any thing about it. thanks RW
  2. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    You want to install this barrier under the sod?
  3. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    You honestly think you're going to keep weeds out of a lawn with weed fabric????

    DFW Area Landscaper
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    The weeds will just grow on top of the fabric where the grass is growing. Don't ever use fabric.
  5. roadhawg3

    roadhawg3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    yes, I guess you are supposed to till it up, and then install the matting, then add top soil or mulch, yes, I know it wont keep all the weeds down, but this might keep some of the tree shoots from coming back up? this area has never been anything but woods. also, because of all the large trees with so much shade, we are only planning on putting maybe 1/4 of it in sod, the rest mulch.
  6. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Landscape fabric is a waste of time and money, when used for anything other than erosion control. Most weeds and unwanted growth form ontop of the fabric... not under it. ;)
  7. neal-wolbertsinc

    neal-wolbertsinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Grass can root 12" deep if it is good soil and gets proper care. Is your fabric going to be that deep? If not, you're limiting the potential of the lawn. I have to agree with the others...fabric is a waste of time
    and money most of the time. If tree roots show up in the lawn, have a licensed company treat them with selective herbicide until they stop growing. Much cheaper and a lot less trouble for you. Neal

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