Weeds – a garden nemesis for many a gardener! Hours upon hours are spent cursing at and pulling the pesky invaders to keep gardens and flowerbeds looking neat and tidy, while preventing the unwanted greenery from taking resources away from garden vegetables and beautiful flowering ornamental. To keep from wasting hours of time removing weeds, it’s easier to lay down landscape fabric to prevent them from ever emerging, but which fabric is the best landscape fabric?
In this post, we are going to take a closer look 5 options that I would recommend for every gardener.
What is the best landscape fabric?
Here is a quick preview of my top 5 options. For more details on each, please continue reading.
- Easy Gardener 15 Year Landscape Fabric
- DeWitt 12-Year Weed Barrier Fabric
- Uni-Source Textile Weed Control Landscape Fabric
- Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric
- Weedblock Premium 3 Year Landscape Fabric for Weed Control
What is landscape fabric anyway?
Landscape fabric is a lightweight non-woven fabric, dark in color that is laid down on the soil surface and then covered with mulch, garden rock, gravel, or landscape pavers. The dark color helps keep sunlight from reaching the soil surface and in turn germinating those intrusive weed seeds. Permeable fabric slows down water infiltration slightly as well, helping to prevent the leaching of fertilizers and nutrients out of the root zone and into groundwater sources.
There are a plethora of brands available for purchase in varying thicknesses, widths and lengths. They are easy to cut to a desired size. One important tip: use fasteners such as landscape staples or pegs to hold the landscape fabric down in place to prevent it from shifting even if it will be covered with materials such as mulch, gravel or landscape rocks.
Let’s take a closer look at my favorite options.
Easy Gardener 15 Year Landscape Fabric
Stop weeds from sprouting with this easy to use, lightweight landscape fabric. Easy Gardener 15 Year Landscape Fabric stops weeds without potentially dangers chemicals while still allowing water, nutrients, and air to pass through to reach the plant roots. This product is perfect for gardens or flowerbeds under many different applications.
Simply cut it to the correct size needed, lay it down, and then secure it with garden staples or pegs. Once installed cover it with mulch, gravel, river rock, or landscape pavers to keep weeds at bay in the landscaping. Easy Gardener is a part of The Jobe’s Company, known for quality lawn and garden products and guaranteed results.
DeWitt 12-Year Weed Barrier Fabric
Does this fabric have what it takes to be the best landscape fabric? I think it does, and after learning more about its great features, I think you will too! The unique design of this landscape fabric provides several advantages over other conventional products. DeWitt 12-Year Weed Barrier Fabric is fabricated using a spunbond method: melt-blown material is sandwiched between two layers of spun material, forming a strong 3-ply layer of weed protection.
This spunbond technology also prevents the fabric from unraveling like other woven products, and cuts easier as well. Higher carbon black content provides superior light-blocking to prevent even the toughest perennial weeds. DeWitt 12-Year Weed Barrier Fabric is hydrophilic-treated to improve water and nutrient flow through the fabric, providing great resources to the root zones of plants.
Uni-Source Textile Weed Control Landscape Fabric
This is another propylene based, non-woven black landscape fabric known for doing an excellent job at reducing weeds in flowerbeds and gardens. Uni-Source Textile Weed Control Landscape Fabric is a top seller in its category, and will provide 6+ years of weed prevention when applied/installed as recommended.
This heavy landscape fabric is made of three layers of laminated spunbond fabric for added strength and blockage of UV rays. Uni-source Textile Weed Control Landscape Fabric has excellent permeability, allowing air, water, and nutrients to pass through the fabric easily, reaching the root zone of the plants to create healthy gardens and beautifully landscaped beds.
Available to purchase in 3’ widths, this landscape fabric comes in a 300’ length roll. Unroll product out to desired length, and then cut with scissors or a utility knife. Overlap strips by a couple of inches and secure in place with fasteners. Best when covered with 2-3” of mulch or other materials to help hold in place and protect from UV rays.
Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric
Preen is known to “stop weeds before they start” and this landscape weed control fabric is another great lawn and garden product by a fantastic company. This non-chemical weed control product saves a tremendous amount of time weeding flower beds and gardens and lasts for years before needing to be replaced.
Simply lay the Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric down on the bare, weed-free soil surface, overlapping each strip by 2-3” to ensure there are no gaps between the individual pieces. Secure in place with landscape staples or pegs; cut an “X” where plants will be planted and then plant as usual.
Water penetrates the fabric, providing moisture to help plants thrive while the UV blockage prevents weeds from emerging and competing with the plants for available resources. The 100% spunbond polypropylene plastic is ecologically safe to use around any vegetables, flowering ornamentals, or landscape shrubs.
Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric is perfectly suited for new shrub beds and rock beds.
Weedblock Premium 3 Year Landscape Fabric for Weed Control
One of the most widely used landscape fabrics on the market; Weedblock Premium 3 Year Landscape Fabric for Weed Control is made by The Jobe’s Company, a leader in landscape and garden products. This product is made to last four times longer than other similar landscape fabric products.
Weedblock Premium is designed with patented Microfunnels, the fabric blocks 92% of visible light to stop weeds from growing up, while allowing water and air to pass through more and easily penetrate the soil. Special construction is formulated to last for years when exposed to direct sunlight and indefinitely if protected from UV light by mulch or rocks.
Weedblock Premium 3 Year Landscape Fabric for Weed Control makes a great weed preventative product in any landscape or garden setting saving valuable time and energy all summer long.
Landscape fabrics are a great, ecologically safe alternative to applying herbicides to a garden or landscape bed. Their dark color and fabric weave blocks sunlight from reaching the soil and keep weeds from germinating or making their way up to the sunlight. Easy to install, and fairly inexpensive in price, landscape fabrics cut down the amount of time spent keeping flowerbeds and gardens weed free, making them a great preventative investment.
Please share with us your experience, what have you found to be the best landscape fabric?