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weeds grow through landscape fabric

Weeds grow through landscape fabric

Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D., extension horticulturist and associate professor at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, is our expert resource.

Landscape fabric can be a temporary solution for an area but it's clearly not a long-term or permanent solution to stop weeds.

•Soil or other organic matter on top of the fabric will host weed seed
•Weeds will eventually grow up through the fabric making their removal difficult
•Plant roots (of the plants you want to keep!) can grow into the fabric and the plant will be damaged when the fabric is removed
•As the fabric deteriorates the beauty of the garden bed is negatively affected

Geotextiles, or filter fabrics, are permeable fabrics that when used with soil have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect or drain. Geotextiles for the home gardener are usually called landscape fabric. Yes, landscape fabric can slow down weeds, but it cannot stop weeds completely.

Weeds grow through landscape fabric

Furthermore, in order to properly install the fabric, you need pins to hold the fabric down. This further increases the cost.

Personally, I discourage my clients from using landscape fabric.

4. Landscape fabric is expensive.

Unfortunately, when you use landscape fabric, it's very difficult for plants to re-seed themselves.

And I am not alone , check this out:

1. It compacts the soil.

The weeds that do manage to get through the fabric are usually horrible enmeshed with the fabric itself.