Common Landscape Misconception
Landscape fabric has its place and time on your property.
One place it doesn’t belong is in your mulch beds!
Why do I say this!?
Let’s get into the theory of mulch first!
Mulch is made up of natural resources. Some mulches are shredded bark, pine tree needles, straw, and many other “wood” types. Note, there is rubber mulch available now, but do not give the same benefits as natural.
As this wood decomposes in your garden beds, it turns into beautiful, rich, dark black soil. This decomposed soil then amends your top soil and provides nutrients. Before it breaks down, it also retains moisture for plants, and prevents weeds.
So now that we now that natural mulch breaks down into soil, we can start talking about landscape fabric.
The main objective of landscape fabric is to prevent weeds. Which, quite frankly, does nothing if you properly mulch to a depth of 2″-3″. Proper mulch depth prevents the weed seeds from getting sunlight and germinating.
As we go back into the natural mulch, remember that it leaves a nice rich soil after it decomposes. This soil is now on top of the landscape fabric, with the natural mulch now decomposed. This provides an environment of sunlight and dampness necessary for weed seeds and turf to grow. Where does it grow? Right on top of that expensive landscape fabric that you so painstakingly put down. That renders the landscape fabric completely useless, after a few years.
Not only does the landscape fabric become useless, it also prevents proper moisture from entering your soil. Take this picture for example. This was on one of our client’s properties. Notice how dry and compacted the soil is.
There is a place and time for landscape fabric. For example, if you are using rock as “mulch”. When in natural mulched garden beds- the fabric must go!
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