What the Weed Control Fabric Looks Like After Years in the Garden

by NorthernHomestead
Stopping weeds without dangerous chemical, and for many years sounds good. However, dies it hold up to the promise?
was weeding the back of our garden the other day. I started in the corner and went towards the path way. A very weedy area. I had let the weeds grow so we could see what comes up, since the garden is new to us. While weeding I was happy to learn that even though there were many weeds, they came out very easily. A previous owner had put wood chips there. It really encouraged me to see how wood chips really work for the good in a garden. Right next to the path way however, there were especially many weeds, more than anywhere else. I also had more trouble to pull them. Since it was getting late and I was tired, I blamed it on me. Next morning we discovered that that more weedy area had weed cloth underneath it. Oops! We have no idea how long that weed control fabric has been there, but we could clearly see that it did not work well. Here’s a picture of the fabric, see how weeds grow right out of it.
The bigger problem with Weed Control Fabric is the fact that really bad weeds grow through it. This makes pulling those weeds impossible. Once in there, you will have to replace the landscaping. Here’s a picture of what the weed cloth looked like underneath. Hard to believe, is it? This was very eye opening for us, and I wanted to share it with you.

My conclusion: Do Not Use Weed Control Fabric in the Garden

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  • Beth Beth on Feb 25, 2015
    We removed out cloth after 15 years. Now our plants can breath and flourish. I can just feel their relief.

  • Ellen Killeen Kroliczak Ellen Killeen Kroliczak on Mar 02, 2015
    Landscape cloth only lasts for about 2 years. After that it begins to show wear and tear and any where light can get through; (previous season plants holes) is where the weeds come through. Newspaper layers will do the same job.