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Old 08-10-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Is it worthwhile to put down weed block fabric under 4 to 5 inches of "engineered wood fiber" (playground) mulch? Even the cheap stuff is more expensive than I realized and I'd rather not waste the money or the time if it won't be necessary or effective. Thanks.

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Skip the fabric.

Several inches of mulch by itself will do wonderfully well. Any weeds that somehow poke up will come out easy. If it is in a playground the kids will probably tear anything up anyway.

Weed block seems to accumulate material that turns into compost which becomes a perfect bed for weeds.

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Ive been wondering about the fabric as well. I dont want to spend the money on it if i dont have to either.

I am gonna put in some pavers along the driveway. Everything i have read and video i have watched tells me i should lay down fabric then some gravel, then some sand, then the actual pavers themselves.

If i do not lay fabric down will weeds be a problem even after all that other material on top of that?
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If i do not lay fabric down will weeds be a problem even after all that other material on top of that?
Down that deep the fabric doesn't make any difference, one way or another (except in cost).

You can still get weeds if enough soil washes into the stone. If you put in enough stone of the right type it won't occur enough to matter.

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Skip the fabric.
The number one factor in all of my landscaping projects is that the area must be low maintenance once it's all said and done. I don't mind spending extra money and time on the planning and execution if that means my life will be easier down the road. I really wasn't sure about this fabric though. At first I assumed it would be a good idea but the more I look into it, the more I think it won't be worth it. I was a little suprised by the price of even the "cheap" stuff too. I'm thinking I will save my money, thanks.
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What I like about the fabric is while you still get weeds, you won't get deeply rooted ones that are difficult to yank out. it's a lot easier to pull a weed out of 4" of mulch than out of 2" of soil
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Weed control fabric can lead to uneven soaking of the soil underneath. Then plants in some random areas may seem to be drought stressed.
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If water is not necessary under the mulch--to feed plants, put down solid plastic sheet--same as vapor barrier in crawl space. I have even put down black plastic garbage bags with good results
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Is it worthwhile to put down weed block fabric under 4 to 5 inches of "engineered wood fiber" (playground) mulch? Even the cheap stuff is more expensive than I realized and I'd rather not waste the money or the time if it won't be necessary or effective. Thanks.
I put the fabric under some of the mulched landscaping in our yard, and done some landscaping without it.

I can't tell the difference.

With or without landscaping fabric, you'll want to keep a bottle of RoundUp handy.

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