Weed Fabric

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Rcgm, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 326

    WHat kind of weed fabric do you guys use and what ounce? What do you usually pay for it? I need alot of weed fabric next week for a large landscaping rock job and wanted to see what ounce and price everyone else is paying.

  2. SwihartServices

    SwihartServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    dont use any just preeen it. weeds grow in mulch and the top soil that it turns into.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Its a rock job....My supplyer only carries one type so I don't get a choice.
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    i don't use any, it sterilizes the soil underneath and weeds will grow in the mulch just fine too.
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Dont use it...I laugh when I see people laying it down or buying it at Home Depot. If grass roots can grow in compacted GA soils, it will be no problem to come through a hole in fabric that is much larger than that of the soil pores.

    If you use anything you can try using newspaper as it will block weeds from growing through...but you will get weeds in mulch anyway so why bother. Do like others said and Preen it.
  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Only time I mess with any sort of barrier is when I am putting down any sort of rock.
  7. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    I do a lot of xeriscaping and the fabric I use is the 3.5oz Spunbound #350 Polyspun Barrier. It costs around 60 cents a square yard. It comes in 3' through 12' x 300' rolls.
    Never heard of it sterilizing the soil. A lot of the organic farmers around here use it to hold in soil moisture.
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    They harp on black plastic is a xeriscape setting. If I am using an organic mulch I would rather not use a barrier. As the organic mulch breaks down the nutients are in top of the soil and doesn't do much to help the soil.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    since no one will actually post anything... I will. DeWitt. Best landscape fabric around. It's porous, yet does a good job of keeping weeds from growing through it. Keeps the rock from sinking into the dirt... Come on guys, putting down rock on bare ground? Around here everyone uses landscape fabric under anything. dosn't matter if it's mulch or rock. Putting mulch on bare ground won't fly, it will be 100% taken by weeds in less than a year. Preemergents may be ok at first, but no one wants to have it applied every year.
  10. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Under rock, the only way to go. Under mulch, a waste of time, money and a mess later on.

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