Hey y’all! Today’s blog is an educational RANT! I HATE LANDSCAPE FABRIC UNDER MULCH! Hate, hate, hate it! It’s OK under stone, though.
Look at these epic fails…
Research shows that 90% of people who purchase landscape fabric are dullards! These nimrods believe it will prevent weeds! Sure, it will probably prevent weeds for the first year, but not the following year. Weed seeds will happily germinate atop the decaying mulch. Check out that photo on the right…weeds galore!
Another reason to avoid fabric is that it actually prevents the underlying soil from improving via the incorporation of decayed organic matter. After years of mulching, your clay soil will actually improve dramatically because that organic matter gets blended into the top few inches of soil. Moles and earthworms assist in the process. If you’re not a lousy gardener, the planting activity blends the organic matter into the clay. The topsoil in my garden is outstanding, with 8% organic matter. It’s BLACK, not brown.
Fabric will also prevent rhizomatous perennials from spreading. Daylily clumps won’t enlarge beyond the hole that was cut in the fabric. Groundcovers like pachysandra will languish.
Nothing says, “I’m stupid!” better than the photo below…
I sure hope you ain’t stupid!