Weed fabric

tjlco

LawnSite Senior Member
Curious what eveyone uses for weed fabric? I bought a roll at the place I buy rock and I felt like it was crap. Wound up returning it and getting stuff from Home Depot. I liked it so been getting it there ever sice..but I can't help but think, there is something even better and/or cheaper...
 

greendoctor

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Location
Honolulu, Hawaii
Expensive weed fabric is cheap insurance. The high grade stuff will hold back nutsedge and other perennial weeds.
 

Ric

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Location
S W Florida
We use septic filter cloth.
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Is That White Septic Filter Cloth??? I have never used it but considered as ground Cloth for my THEN Nursery. The Sepic Filter Cloth is quality Material. Only White was a deal breaker. Even in Florida Heat we want black Ground Cover cloth to absorb as much heat as possible. Tropical Plants like warm root zones.


Kiril

Agree It should be called BARRIER CLOTH not Weed Fabric. News Paper makes a reasonable Weed mat under Wood Mulch that last a short time. It does adds to the quality of the soil. I never felt it was worth installing but have watched other do it.
 

Kiril

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Location
District 9 CA
Agree It should be called BARRIER CLOTH not Weed Fabric. News Paper makes a reasonable Weed mat under Wood Mulch that last a short time. It does adds to the quality of the soil. I never felt it was worth installing but have watched other do it.
An appropriate cloth would be a high quality geotextile, although I don't recommend them for anything other than rock. Over time they become worthless (high quality or not), and regardless of allowing water/gases through, they are not good for the soil.

I have dealt with newspaper mulch, don't much care for it. Too labor intensive and I don't care for how it impacts water distribution. This is especially the case when we are talking new plantings, which is when you are typically using the stuff anyway.

An appropriate organic mulch at an appropriate depth will keep the vast majority of weeds at bay.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

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Location
Rochester, MN
Dewitt pro 5 or equivalent here
 

jvanvliet

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
South Florida
It's always just a matter of time before airborne particles filter down to the membrane and give seed a hold. Rocks, plants; makes no difference.

If you are going to put down a membrane, may as well make it a good one. Don't know about newspapers though, first I heard of it.
 

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