Should I Use Landscape Fabric

When I started my career I thought landscape fabric, or weed fabric, was a wonderful invention.  The magic cloth ensures a weed free landscape for years.  Or does it?

Should I Use Landscape Fabric or Weed Fabric?

Landscape Fabric is a nuisance that creates more work for you and an unhealthy landscape.

What happens when mulch starts to break down?  How does it mix with the soil?

It doesn’t!

Grass and weed roots under weed fabric are impossible to get out without removing the fabric.  The weeds grow through the fabric and stick to it.  Plant roots stick to weed fabric too.  Every time I have to rip out landscape fabric I curse it.

The grass rhizomes got under this landscape fabric making removal of the grass impossible without removing the fabric.  I had to hack at this fabric with a shovel to remove it.
Grass roots got under this landscape fabric making removal impossible without removing the fabric. I had to hack at this fabric with a shovel to remove it.

When deciding whether to use landscape fabric just say, “No.”  It’s not worth the frustration.