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sheet to stop weeds growing

Sheet to stop weeds growing

In the end, you have to decide who is right and which of the different weed control methods is going to work best for you.

1. Landscaping Fabric

For best results, it should be reapplied every 9 to 12 weeks.


Landscaping fabric can be very helpful if your garden suffers from soil erosion problems such as those caused by heavy rains or high winds. It is also very useful if your garden is on a hill to help keep your soil where it belongs.

Sheet to stop weeds growing

Laying plastic on garden areas helps smother weeds. It retains soil moisture, too. A disadvantage is that it interferes with water reaching your plants. If you’re using an automatic watering system, make sure the emitters are beneath the plastic. After clearing the garden plot of weeds, lay the plastic sheeting and cut slits for the plants. Spread mulch, such as bark or gravel, over the plastic. This slows down the breakdown of the plastic. Plastic sheeting can warm the soil too much for plants that do better in cool weather.

Landscape fabrics function like plastic sheeting for blocking weeds. The fabric has the advantage of allowing water, nutrients and air through. As with plastic sheeting, landscape fabric lasts longer and looks better when it’s covered with a layer of another mulch. Add 1 to 3 inches of gravel, lava rock or bark to improve its ability to retain moisture and insulate plant roots.

Plastic Sheeting

The plastic used for controlling weeds is called plastic sheeting. Black plastic, sometimes used for vegetable gardens, serves the purposes of mulch and helps warm the soil. It’s particularly useful for plants that need warm weather and warm soil. Using plastic for gardening also has some drawbacks.

Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.

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