Landscaping Fabric / Weed Barrier
Landscape Fabric Types
Hopefully, you'll never have to pick up and replace 1063 tons of rock because you used an inferior weed barrier. We have.
This wasn't just one job though. 1063 tons is a collective figure of several jobs we did using several different "top of the line" products. It took literally tons of trial and error before we found a landscaping fabric that truly stops weeds and grasses. There are a lot of choices and a lot of not so obvious differences in quality.
Of course as a professional, I have to use a product of high quality. And I do suggest it for any homeowner who chooses to use weed barrier in their project.
For the most part, most fabric is adequate and will do just fine in many landscaping situations. For instance, if your new landscape is mostly shade or you don't have aggressive weeds and grasses in your area, you'll probably do just fine with a consumer brand fabric. Those products are also fine for soil and groundcover separation as long as there's not a lot of traffic. However, in time, most seem to deteriorate pretty quick and lose their ability for stopping weeds and grasses. You may get a good two or three years before you have to replace it.
If you do have aggressive weeds and grasses or you simply want the assurance, dependability, and longer life of a true professional quality landscaping fabric, you may seriously consider using a barrier of higher quality.
It's hard to say what professional products you might find locally. Before you buy a consumer brand, contact some local landscapers and ask if they're willing to sell you some of their landscape fabric. It's no guarantee but you have a better chance of getting a professional quality product.
The exact weed barrier that is under all of the free yard design ideas you've seen on our site is a true professional contractor quality material. Again, our job quality depends on how well It stops weeds and grasses.
NOTE: Whatever you choose to use, don't use plastic sheeting in your new landscape. See: The Do's and Don'ts of Landscape Fabric
The assurance, dependability, and longer life of a true professional quality landscape fabric will cost you a little more initially. However, it will save you time, money, and more trouble in the long run.
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Again, if possible, contact some local landscapers to see if they're willing to sell you some of their fabric. It's no guarantee but you have a better chance of getting a professional quality product.
If you would like to get some of our product for your project, go to weed barrier to see if it's available.