My lawn maintenance man wants to put down landscape fabric to stop weeds from coming up around my shrubs. Do you think that’s a good idea?
I’m not a big fan of landscape fabrics and similar weed barriers, for the following reasons:
- They might prevent weeds from germinating beneath them, but permeable ones don’t prevent seeds from germinating on top and growing down through them;
- Weed barriers on slopes might not let water perk down through them fast enough, instead letting the water drain where it shouldn’t;
- Edges of weed barriers can become exposed and tangle in lawnmower blades.
I much prefer applying plenty of organic mulch.
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