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Landscape Fabric Alternatives 8

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I was working at a site that had been overrun by weeds. They completely invaded the landscape beds. And yet, those very beds had a weed suppressing landscape fabric installed. Seeing the absolute mess and the management strategies that led to it has motivated me to share some pros & cons about the use of landscape fabric. Should you use landscape fabric? What causes it to fail? Are there any alternatives to a synthetic weed barrier? What should be considered as a long term solution? Landscape or weed fabrics create an impassible barrier that stops the upwards growth of plants from underneath. So the soft stems and leaves get trapped beneath. For this barrier to work properly though, an application of mulch is needed. This helps to hold the fabric in place, blocking out the sunlight and suppressing growth. As a short term solution for reclaiming a weedy bed, the fabric can help you out.

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