The Pros and Cons of using Weed Control Fabric (Landscape Fabric)



The products I use – This video is the Pros and Cons of using weed control fabric. Weed control fabric only temporarily reduces the …

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  1. I put in an entire yard, front, back,and sides after my new house construction was completed. As summer ended I laid heavy duty overlapping cardboard which I got from an appliance store receiving dock to cover my entire yard from foundation to fence. Neighbor’s established trees dropped all their fall leaves on it plus I added two dump truck loads of trees the city delivered for free from the leaves city residents had raked out onto the curbside for city pickup. That did a number of things: blocked and killed all weeds under it, attracted tons of earthworms as they love cardboard, gave something other than mud to walk on, kept the house siding clean with no dirt splashed up from fall, winter, and spring rains. That gave me the wet months to come up with a landscape plan which I started as soon as weather permitted.

  2. Agree its a great video for that lightweight stuff. But that stuff disintegrates here in weeks not years. So we have the thicker path and drive fabric. Like a cheap tarp. Hoping that kills everything to death for my children, and my children's children and their children. Because the previous owner used that stuff under the gravel and what a bitch it has been to get up. Urghhhhh I literally loath it. Weeds had literally formed a mat over the gravel. We were able to roll some of it up but it weighed like a safe full of lead. Dragged it off. Never want this job again. If I could i would concrete it and then gravel it.

  3. Have been able to locate native trees that have been overgrown over the years by finding the natives still growing. The first 5 years are critical to giving your trees a chance to survive and reducing maitanence. The dollar spent per square or less more then pays for a good start for your plants.

  4. I'm building a raised bed because my garden is essentially paving on a concrete slab, my plan was to build the bed , put a layer of gravel at the bottom for drainage, cover with weed control fabric and lay the soil on top of the weed control fabric so the gravel doesn't mix in with the soil (a very similar set up to how I've done a bio-active snake vivarium) . I'm now doubting if this is a good plan …

  5. I totally agree. Moved into a 14 year old house with over 200 sq. ft of landscaping fabric topped with mulch in one area. There are too many weeds to count growing there right now.

  6. Thank you for sharing this. We're in a battle with crabgrass and put the fabric over the back yard (we removed all the grass and put in a garden) but it seems some of the plants near the fabric aren't doing well. I think we'll remove the fabric next spring – what would you recommend for weed control that won't hurt the wildlife?

  7. Or you can choose to buy better weed blocker. The weed blocker in this video is horrible. For the amount you spend on these cheap weed blockers over and over again you can buy something like Agfabric, Dewitt Sunbelt, or megagrow weed blockers/landscape fabrics. These cheap rolls in the store are worthless and cause more work and more out of pocket expense in the long run. These cheap rolls even claim 10-20yr protection when in reality it is more like not even a single growing season. Stop giving these scamming companies your hard earned money. You deserve better for you and your family.

  8. Hi. I have a house on a corner lot which was all lawn, and a lot of it, when I purchased it. My goal was to kill off the lawn and plant trees and native flowering plants. I killed the grass with Round-Up (before I knew how detrimental it is), then laid down sheets of landscaping fabric over the entire side lot. I knew I needed time to make such a large conversion, so I basically wanted to buy time, without it being completely taken over by weeds. I waited too long…several years to start to work on small plots one by one till the entire job was done. What happened is of course, the mulch broke down, and weeds grew in it. The fabric used was very heavy and actually cloth like. When I tried to bring it up, it was almost incorporated into the soil underneath and plants had pierced the fabric and grown into it. Bringing it up was extremely difficult. I had to first clean off the top layer of soil, mulch and weeds that had settled. Then I had to use a box cutter to cut through the fabric and then pull it up, breaking thru weed roots that were now holding it down. The soil underneath was dead…grey-brown clay with no sign of plant or insect activity. I then had to break that up, incorporate compost, to even start to plant anything. There was virtually no top soil, so it's been difficult to get anything to root and grow properly. I had to work on small areas, 6×6 feet at a time. Never again. I now use cardboard in areas that are on 'hold.' The soil underneath that is plantable as is.

  9. Great video! I never thought about the negatives. What are your thoughts in areas that will be used for a kids playground? We will have a trampoline, jungle gym, and swings. We haven’t decided what to put down (wood chips, rubber mulch, pebble rocks, etc) but I for sure was going to put down a weed barrier but now I’m not sure.

  10. I’d love to see you tackle a no dig bed. I just tried it for the first time. I used cardboard with a lot of compost and garden soil dumped on top to cover the grass where I wanted the new bed. I really didn’t like the work or the loss of good soil in digging out a new bed last fall. Seems to be working so far.

  11. I have moved into 2 different houses where previous owners had put it down and I hate the stuff. Good luck getting a tree that has rooted down into it out of the bed. We’re slowly trying to remove all the badly installed gravel and weed suppressant.

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