Asked on Jun 06, 2014

Can you use old carpet as weed mat in the garden?

by Carole
Has anyone tried using old carpet as weed mat for their garden? If so, how successful was it and were there any drainage issues. Thanks in advance!
  14 answers
  • Terri Lewis Lyons Terri Lewis Lyons on Jun 06, 2014
    yes, my husband is a flooring installer and we have used it successfully. I would suggest using some kind of weed killer first then carpet. No drainage issues.

    • Wwc49080547 Wwc49080547 on May 23, 2020

      Thank you Terri, what about pests and other nasty creatures. Did you cover it mulch

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 06, 2014
    WOW! I had not see this before! But when you see that there is a product that is rubber mulch, you have to ask, "why not old carpet?"

  • Carole Carole on Jun 06, 2014
    Thanks so much, I want to make some flower beds but we have weeds coming up all over at present and using wood chip mulch to suppress them. If we make flower beds, the mulch will need to go so we can bring in some good soil as we are on thin sandy layer over rocks here in the mountains.

  • Michelle W Michelle W on Jun 06, 2014
    Hi Carole, I have seen carpet used as weed mat around native plantings in gullys etc and it works really well, but not so much in a home garden. I think the most important thing would be perhaps to use a wool carpet, rather than nylon as you might find it could have chemicals leaching into the soil.

    • Carole Carole on Jun 06, 2014
      @Michelle W Thanks for the advice Michelle. We have a large bush garden and as yet to make any flower beds as such.

  • Janice R Janice R on Jun 06, 2014
    my father in law used old carpet to line the rows in his garden, it was a graet way to hold off the weeds

  • Cindy Trobaugh Cindy Trobaugh on Jun 06, 2014
    Work great for Us..Spray the weeds first then lay down...:)

  • Ryan Ryan on Jun 06, 2014
    If you have less than nice weather like we do here in the UK, just remember when you come to move it and its been raining a lot, that carpet could be heavy to shift and get rid of depending on the size! If you can get black plastic bags, they work. Split them open and peg them down. Easy to move after.

  • Starr Pease Starr Pease on Jun 06, 2014
    I had a problem with weeds coming up under a Meyer Lemon and climbing rose. Difficult to reach to pull weeds. I cleared the area and laid down pieces from my new carpet installation. Added wood mulch. No more weeds... very clean. Drainage was easy. Have you ever spilled something on your carpet and it went straight through? Same difference.

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Jun 07, 2014
    Sorry guys, but I'd be very reluctant to use carpet in my garden, especially around vegetables, since you have no way of determining what the carpet is made of, nor what was used in it's manufacture. Cardboard or layers of black and white newspaper work very well and are not so dangerous to either you or the environment.

  • I have to agree with Catherine. Carpet belongs in the house. Sorry:(

  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Jun 07, 2014
    I agree. We really only want organic/natural products near the food we will be eating. You can smother weeds/grass using cardboard first and then inches of bark chip. Join Back to Eden Gardening group for all the details. I'm a member and have learned a lot.

  • Vicki Vicki on Jun 07, 2014
    I do use old carpet among the fence with pine straw to cover the old carpets but will remove old pine straw to cover nice pea size beige rocks over the old carpets. be sure no pets on those old carpets or they will flock to spray over those old carpets that had dogs or cats. that is why I prefer old carpets that has no dogs or cats.

  • Mtddts Mtddts on Aug 29, 2015
    my worry would be mold.

  • Nee49345721 Nee49345721 on Jul 26, 2020

    my Neighbor put it it and it stinks after two weeks, I cannot even stand near it, it’s that bad😖