Flower Bed Weed Barrier

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Kartanimal29, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 209

    I was wondering what everyone is using for a weed barrier paper ? I need to redo the beds at my place.
  2. JNB Landscape

    JNB Landscape LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 12

    Ive used commercial grade landscape fabric from lowes, home depot, etc.. So far it has worked well and customers are happy with it. Also put mulch on thick; that will help with SOME weed control. If you want to go cheap, Ive heard soaking newspaper in water them putting them down thick will do a good job. Ha. just my $0.02 :weightlifter:
  3. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    Seriously, if you don't know what you are talking about, then don't say anything.

    Landscape fabric is crap for weed control. Weeds will grow through the fabric.
    What do you think mulch is? It will break down and and leave a nice organic layer and then you still have to pull weeds. You will get just as much weed control from the mulch itself. The best way to control weeds is to use a product like Preen.
  4. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Landscape fabric is crap, I mean crap. Preen. I have had good luck with it. I apply every couple months just in case.
  5. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I don't like landscape fabric either. I've heard on here that Snapshot works good. On my full service accounts, I spot spray the weeds every week or two before they get big. It doesn't take long and keeps them under control.
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    Don't use fabric. It's a pain to lay, and it doesn't work. The weed seeds will germinate in the mulch, and the roots from the weeds will attach to the fabric, making them difficult to near impossible to pull. What happens when you want to transplant or add more plants? You have to cut through the fabric and that's a dagon pain.

    Preen works very well, I've had a lot of success with it.
  7. openbook

    openbook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    For a flower bed like annual flowers just a good dense layer of flowers will keep most weeds at bay, the ones that get tall pull.
    I don't know if preen works or not I use it at my own house and I still get a few weeds, I have a good 3-4 inch layer of cedar mulch down too.

    Weeds in my landscape- 0
    Time spent pulling weeds this year- 5 minutes
    Money spent on preen- 5-10 dollars
    Cost of having a gorgeous landscape- priceless.
  8. Outdoors_Unlimited

    Outdoors_Unlimited LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 449

    Fabric for the loss.

    Preen for the win! (Treflan??)

    I use preen on all my mulch nstalls, espically the bed care jobs. Will not eliminate them, but hey thats job security
  9. WalkerMike98

    WalkerMike98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

  10. My Lesco guy says Ronstar and Snapshot work the best. One works better for broadleafs and one does better with grasses/sedges....forgot which for which though.

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