Planting Fabric



Constructed of a mix of both woven and nonwoven geotextile fabrics the planting fabric is the ideal solution for demanding weed control situations.

As this fabric is a blend of woven and nonwoven geotextiles it gains the benefit of being both strong and having great drainage. The woven fabric lends strength and durability for extended project life and the nonwoven enables proper drainage and breathability.

A key feature of the planting fabric is its space markings on one side. When the woven side is facing up the planting markings are visible and indicate where your planting rows should be. This helps keeps planting rows straight and is useful for larger jobs or commercial projects with many plantings.

This fabric is available in multiple roll widths to assist in matching your project needs.

Product Specifics

  • Model: Various
  • Series: Weed Barrier Fabric
  • Size: Various
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All of our geotextile fabrics are professional-grade and are designed for use in both residential & commercial applications. Our fabrics are designed for years of continuous use in the designated application.

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To Prevent Weeds, Use Heavy Duty Landscape Fabric

Flowers being placed in plating fabric

Planting Fabric Used  in Garden

Landscaping Material To Avoid

Organic mulches increase decomposition in the ground creating an active bed for weeds. Read on to learn why most landscapers are now choosing landscape fabrics over other materials.

Inorganic mulch consists of crushed stones that will not decompose. They will quickly work their way into the soil, drawing a great deal of heat, and, quite honestly, are not attractive to look at. Similarly, black plastic will not decompose but is a lot easier to clean up.  That said, like crushed stone, plastic draws a great deal of heat and will stop air, nutrients, and water from getting into the soil. This will be an enormous problem when it comes time to plant.

Landscape Fabrics Are The Better Choice

Unlike the other alternatives, landscape fabric is a clean, durable weed barrier letting in air, nutrients, and water. If you place organic mulch over landscape fabric, it will break down much slower than if you directly placed it on the soil.

In large areas, you will need to overlap the fabric where you have splices. If you do not overlap, weeds can grow up through the seams. Manufacturers of landscape fabric strongly advise overlapping by 3 inches but you should increase overlapping by 6 inches.

When installing the polypropylene landscape membrane, be sure the shiny side faces up (if the main objective is weed control) and pin down or use heavy objects to hold the fabric in place if it's windy or it could blow away. You can use landscape fabric pins by inserting them into the fabric to pin the fabric down.

Pro Tip: During winter protect new trees with our frost cloth for frees which will allow air to flow through the fabric while still raising the temperature under the fabric.

Rolling Out Planting Fabric

Planting Fabric Installation

Landscaping Pins

When placing down pins, don't go crazy by overdoing it. Once you have placed mulch on top of the fabric, the weight will hold it down. It's advised you place the pins every 10 feet along the edges and the overlapping seams. After placing mulch over the fabric, use a steel rake to spread it out evenly

With The Weed Barrier In Place

When the barrier is firmly in place and it's time to plant.  It's time to make incisions into the barrier so you can place your plants. Don't go overboard with the incisions and do not cut huge holes the fabric. Here are the correct steps to create incisions:

- Keep the incisions are as small as possible.
- Make slits in the fabric instead of cutting out sections of fabric.

Installing Plants Through The Landscape Fabric

This area of the fabric is your planting bed and you will be able to keep down weeds. You need to take your time to ensure weeds will not pop up everywhere and take over the area. You will save yourself a lot of headaches and hard work.

When you cut an x-shaped incision, you have created four flaps. Separate the flaps so you have access to the soil area for planting. Use a container or wheelbarrow instead of shoveling the soil out of the fabric. The less soil you have on top of the fabric, the fewer weeds you will have because you have reduced soil thickness which will help reduce weed germination.

Once all your small holes have been dug out, place your plants. Be sure to place soil around the plant and tamp it down to prevent air pockets. When you are finished planting, take the four flaps of cut-out fabric and place them snugly against the base of the plant. Do not have any gaps in the fabric as that will lead to weeds. After you are done, a new layer of mulch should be applied but keep it away from the base of the plant. If mulch is up against the base of the plant, you will draw diseases and pests.

- Keep the incisions are as small as possible.
- Make slits in the fabric instead of cutting out sections of fabric.

Plants Placed Into Planting Fabric

Planting Fabric with Plants

Common Mistakes

There is no doubt, landscaping fabric is the best way to fight against weeds that can harm your plants. That said, as wonderful as this fabric is, it's not 100% weed-resistant.

A common mistake is cutting the fabric too short. To have a perfect size, lay the fabric over the area you are using and then cut. You should cut just a little bit larger than the area.

As mentioned before, some areas are larger than the fabric. A common mistake is not overlapping the fabric the right way. Keep in mind, ground moves, soil settles, and other natural occurrences will cause the fabric to shift. Keep the fabric overlapped by at least 4 inches but preferably 6 inches. This will prevent the fabric from shifting.

Again, make sure the fabric has been properly pinned or staked in place to protect it from high winds that could carry your fabric somewhere else.

Just remember, no matter where you place your fabric, there is no guarantee it will stay in perfect condition. The ground can freeze and then thaw out causing the fabric to move or tear. If there are twigs or rocks nearby on the ground, they can easily tear the fabric. If the fabric is torn, weeds, slugs, or other insects can easily get into your garden.

Never lay down too much mulch as it will stop your plant's roots from getting the needed nutrients, air, and water. Also, weeds do not need a great deal of mulch to grow. Make sure to only apply a 2 to 3-inch layer.

Note: When the temperatures drop using row cover fabric will help protect plants from frost, while also extending the harvest time.

In Conclusion

As of today, landscaping technology has come a very long way and landscaping fabric is the best choice for stopping weeds, diseases, and various pests. Unlike black plastic, landscaping fabric is perfect for allowing air, water, and nutrients to get into the soil and feed the roots of your plants.