4 Reasons to Not Use Landscape Fabric
Many people are under the impression that using landscape fabric, also known as weed fabric, under a layer of fresh mulch will forever prevent weeds from growing in their freshly landscaped lawn or garden. While this fabric can stop unwanted flora from sprouting for a time, it certainly isn't a long term solution. In fact, as time goes on, landscape fabric can cause a number of major problems for your yard. Let's take a look at four reasons why you should not use landscape fabric!
Weeds grow on top of it
The thing about using landscaping fabric is that it is often used under fresh mulch, which overtime breaks down and creates a nice layer of enriched soil - perfect for weeds to grow in. As weed seeds are spread by birds, the wind and otherwise, it is probable that they will take root in the soil that was supposed to be reserved for your ornamental plants.
It blocks nutrients from reaching your plants
As the mulch breaks down, a layer of natural fertilizer will be created for the plants that you do want to grow. Unfortunately those nutrients are less likely to reach the plant's roots if weed fabric has been installed. This nutrient roadblock can cause plants to wither and make them more susceptible to diseases.
Weeds become more difficult to manage
The very fabric that is designed to block weeds can actually cultivate a perfect environment for them to thrive. Since weeds can sprout on top of the fabric, it is likely that their roots will eventually penetrate it. Since the weed's roots will be both above and below the fabric, it becomes all but impossible to remove them entirely without completely uprooting the yard.
It Impedes long term plant health
The ornamental plants that you want to thrive require nutrients, water and air in and around their roots. Unfortunately, if landscape fabric was laid before they were planted, their roots may be suffocated by it. This can result in an excessive amount of surface roots that can cause girdling. Girdling is essentially self strangulation that occurs as the plant's roots circle its root flare as it grows. If you were to remove or transplant a stressed, girdled plant, you could find a root ball the size of a small car!
Ultimately, the fabric that is supposed to help your plants thrive, can be the thing that kills them. At South Valley Landscaping we offer great alternatives to landscape fabric that can truly help your lawn or garden flourish. If you'd like to learn more about our professional landscaping services in Washington, UT, St. George, UT or throughout southern Utah, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team. We strive to provide the highest quality landscape design and installation in our area. Give us a call at (435) 294-3723 to request an estimate for plant friendly landscaping in St. George or the surrounding communities.