How to Choose the Right Landscape Fabric?
Today there are a wide variety of landscape fabric options. To choose the right one for your needs, consider these four factors:
Woven fabrics is a porous material used to suppress garden weeds by blocking sunlight and creating a barrier. They help the soil retain moisture, but the holes allow water to evaporate which creates a healthier growing environment. They can be used to create an effective weed barrier in garden beds and around plants anywhere in the landscape, including trees, shrubs, bushes and flowers.
Non-woven fabrics provide an effective, long-term solution to weed suppression. Made from polyester or polypropylene, the material is non-porous, so it restricts oxygen and resists water penetration. They block weeds, help prevent paving materials from sinking into the soil and discourage ants and other insects from burrowing underneath.
Weight or Thickness
Landscape fabrics are classified by weight per yard or by thickness. Both non-woven and woven materials come in a range of weights. Heftier fabrics resist punctures, are more effective and tend to last longer. They’re are also more expensive, but the investment can be worthwhile.
Most landscape fabrics are green or black, but other colors are available. They are sold in rolls and some feature UV coatings to slow the rate of deterioration caused by sunlight. In general, all landscape fabrics perform best and last longer when they’re protected from the sun’s damaging rays.