If you’re struggling to keep up with your weeding duties this summer, you might be tempted to use a layer of landscaping fabric in your garden. Landscaping fabric is designed to prevent weeds from growing by blocking sunlight, but it tends to be more trouble than it’s worth. In some cases, it can even have a detrimental effect on the health of your garden.
It will compact your garden’s soil.
When you cover a flowerbed with landscaping fabric, it can cause the soil to become compacted and make it difficult for your plants to spread their roots. This, in turn, can prevent plants from growing to their full potential.
It will make it difficult to remove the weeds that do grow.
Although landscaping fabric can significantly reduce weed growth, there will always be some weeds that slip through the cracks. These weeds can be especially difficult to get rid of because they tend to get tangled in the landscaping fabric. Ultimately, you may even have to cut holes in the fabric to remove them.
It will limit your ability to move plants.
Landscaping fabric also makes it much harder to adjust your plantings once they’re in the ground. If you decide to add a new plant or reposition your existing plantings in the middle of the season, it can be next to impossible to do with a layer of landscaping fabric in the way.
It’s an unnecessary expense.
In a large flowerbed, the cost of landscaping fabric can add up fast. Generally speaking, this added expense just isn’t worth it, especially if you’re gardening on a budget. Instead of buying a few rolls of landscaping fabric, consider planting a low-maintenance ground cover that will keep weeds at bay and add a splash of color to your garden.
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