Weed Fabric

When you’re planning your next garden, some might think about installing weed fabric before planting. I personally don’t like weed fabric. We’ve renovated quite a few gardens over the years where weed fabric was once installed. As you can see from these photo’s, weed fabric doesn’t work very well. Weed fabric might prevent weeds from germinating below the fabric but weeds are often pesky and opportunistic. Weed seeds germinate in the mulch above the fabric and the roots eventually penetrate through the fabric. Once this happens, hand weeding is virtually impossible.

Coreopsis growing through weed fabric. Notice the root mass below the weed fabric.
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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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