Should I put garden fabric down before I put mulch or stone down?

  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 29, 2017
    Yes use the heavy landscape fabric

  • Ken Ken on Aug 29, 2017
    I have yet to learn why people put down the garden or landscape fabric. It certainly does not stop weeds and when they put roots down through it the fabric becomes a major headache to remove. Took me a whole summer to remove piece after piece, sometimes little pieces, filling bag after bag, from the previous owner's installation. I am still finding pieces in the yard. If you find a good reason to use the stuff, let me know and I will go out and buy some. Warning, it will be a tough sell.

  • Brenda Brenda on Aug 29, 2017
    Ditto Ken. I have used "the best" most expensive landscaping fabric but weeds will always find a way through or on top of. I have started using cardboard and newspaper under mulch with much better results.

  • Russell Deck Russell Deck on Aug 29, 2017
    Thanks all

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Aug 29, 2017
    either landscape fabric or cardboard (thick layer) or you'll spend a good bit of your time weeding the mulch

  • Wally seeley Wally seeley on Aug 29, 2017
    The only good purpose I have found for landscape fabric is to use it in the bottom of containers with large holes to keep soil from washing out and drainage As a Master Gardener I agree with Ken, 7 or 8 layers of newspaper works well or cardboard also at least it decomposes after several years and is easier to re do. weeds grow because debris gather in the rocks or mulch and seeds root there.