The Pros and Cons of Landscape Fabric

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Landscape fabric promises to deal with pesky weeds that disturb our garden bliss and restore the calm that comes with tending to delicate flowers or planting vegetables. So, is landscape fabric this good?
All sorts of materials can make landscape fabric and the list includes but is not limited to polyester, linen, woven cloth, or recycled plastic. Once you’ve purchased your landscape fabric, experts lay it in your garden to keep weeds at bay. It has holes that allow growth for the plants you want while the rest of the material cuts off sunlight for weeds and other unwanted plants. Tree removal company can help you with this.

Pros 


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    Discourages Weeds

    It eliminates and reduces weed seeds by stopping access to sunlight.

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    Cost-effective

    The fabric is long-lasting which makes it a great investment for long-term weed control.

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    Environmentally-friendly

    You do not need harsh weed control chemicals when you buy a landscape fabric. Remember some even come from recycled materials.

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    Beats the Competition

    Tiny holes that sip in water for plants roots have made landscape fabric better than alternatives such as plastic.

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    Conserves Moisture

    Having a material over your garden reduces surface evaporation and ensures less water usage for plant growth.

Cons


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    Not Flexible

    The more holes you dig, the less effective the fabric becomes. This makes it impractical for gardeners who like changing it up

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    Less Natural Nutrients

    Organic mulches such as shredded leaves or grass clippings cannot reach the soil with landscape fabric use meaning you cannot enjoy their magic.

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    Restricts the Movement of the Soil-mixing Organisms

    The fabric acts as a barrier that prevents insects, beneficial fungi and earthworms from moving through the soil layers which bars natural mixing of organic material and soil.

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    Less Effective Over Time

    Eventually, the soil beneath the material lacks breathability which adversely affects plant roots due to the shortage of water and air.

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    Not a Perfect System

    Plant roots searching for water and air tend to grow through the fabric and thus break the weed barrier.

Landscape fabric works well under gravel or rock because it greatly matches dense groundcovers. The problem comes in when you decide to use landscape fabric over vegetable gardens for long.

What alternatives are there?

As much as some aspects of landscape fabric are beneficial, there are better ways of dealing with weeds.

  • Apply a thick mulch which prevents sunlight from reaching the weed seeds.
  • Curb weed seed germination by using pre-emergent herbicides.
  • Lay newspaper or cardboard under mulch (If it’s light). Paper will prevent weed growth by blocking sunlight and it dissolves easily into the soil, so there’s no worry about cleanups.

Tree Removal Company in Toronto

Contact a tree removal company in Toronto for answers to any queries that you might have. We are an all-inclusive landscaping company that can assist in an array of issues concerning your garden. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for top-shelf services.

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