Best landscape fabrics - a roundup
Protect your garden from weeds with our selection of the most environmentally-friendly landscape fabrics.
A landscape fabric can be a long-term solution to protecting your garden from weeds. The material works by preventing sunlight from reaching weeds, preventing their growth. Meanwhile, air, water and nutrients can still permeate freely through the fabric and it helps the soil retain its moisture.
We've found some of the best and most durable landscape fabrics, including some more eco-friendly options, to keep your garden in shape.
Best landscape fabric to control weeds
ECOgardener 100gsm Heavy Duty Landscape Fabric
The ECOgardener landscape fabric is heavy duty and durable. It's easy to install by just prepping the soil, rolling the fabric and making sure it covers the necessary areas. The fabric is light enough to be carried and cut into the appropriate shape and size, while being heavy enough to prevent weeds growing through it.
The garden landscape fabric is designed to let air, water and nutrients through to the soil, preserving the soil's moisture and keeping it damp when needed. It is available in two sizes, 1m x 25m and 1m x 50m.
Masgard Eco Weed Control Fabric
Masgard's Eco Weed Control Fabric is a petroleum-free fleece material made from pure organic fibres, garden fleece, floor fabric and mulch fleece - all raw, renewable materials that are biodegradable. It's a landscape fabric without any chemical weed killers. The material is dark brown and is available in a range of sizes up to 32m² to fit as much or as little garden as you have.
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The landscape fabric is air and water permeable in both cold frames and greenhouses. The versatile material can be used as weed protection for flowers and fruit and vegetable beds, as a mulch base and separating fleece.
Unibos Weed Control Ground Cover
By depriving the weeds of light, the Unibos landscape fabric is a practical solution to prevent weeds from growing into your flower beds. The material allows air, water and nutrients to permeate through while allowing the soil to breathe and retain its moisture. The size of this ground cover is approximately 8m x 1.5m and can easily be cut with scissors.
Weed Block Fabric 1m x 7.6m
- Buy now from eBay ($187)
This weed block mat is an unwoven fabric that's made from recycled paper. It's biodegradable, and the material contains no plastic whatsoever. It's a perfect choice if you're looking to protect your soil from weed while being conscious of your environmental impact.
Weed Control Fabric 100Gsm Ground Cover
- Buy now from ManoMano (£219.63)
This 100gsm landscape fabric helps to control weeds around tree bases, borders and vegetable gardens. It prevents weed growth while allowing air, water and nutrients to permeate through.
The material is described as heavy-duty and puncture-resistant, making it ideal for use on rough ground. The PP material is also said to be anti-aging and corrosion-resistant, helping to keep your garden's ecosystem intact. This model measures in at 4m x 100m, but its available in a huge variety of sizes.
Ecotex Biodegradable Weed Control
The EcoTex MulchMat is an organic weed suppression fabric. It's composed of natural hemp fibres and polylactic acid, a formula made by fermenting plant sugars made from starch. The material is biodegradable and will break down into nutritious matter in 3-5 years. This is a stand-out choice for a landscape fabric that's environmentally friendly, that also adds nutrients to the soil.
GardenMate 2m x 15m Non-Woven Weed Control Fabric
Available in a range of sizes, this 150gsm landscape fabric is a robust choice for protecting your garden from weeds. The UV-stabilised fabric reduces biodegradation from sunlight to improve the long-lasting quality of the material. It's breathable and water permeable, allowing for nutrients to enter the soil while blocking sunlight from reaching weeds.
Landscape fabric is a versatile and valuable tool for gardeners and landscapers. While it is not a magic solution to all gardening woes, it can help to control weeds, retain moisture, and protect soil from erosion. Proper installation and maintenance are key to achieving the best results, and it is important to choose a fabric that is appropriate for your needs. Landscape fabric can be a valuable addition to any gardening or landscaping project, and with careful consideration and implementation, it can help to create beautiful outdoor spaces for years to come.
Looking for more tools to create the perfect garden? Head over to our list of the best gardening tools for our selection of quality, robust garden must-haves.
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