On most types of landscape fabric, the shiny side goes up and the matte, felted side goes down. This way the fabric sticks to the earth slightly, minimizing sliding. The felted side helps water move through the fabric into the soil.
Herein, which way should landscape fabric be laid?
Orienting Landscape Fabric Install the fabric so the fuzzy side is against the soil surface. This helps the material to stay in place against the soil and ensures that the fabric will allow water to penetrate the material and reach the soil as intended.
One may also ask, what can I use instead of landscape fabric? Organic Mulches Materials such as bark chips, shredded bark, wood chips, hulls of buckwheat, hops, cottonseed, or cocoa or pine needles in a 3- to 4-inch layer provide organic mulch for landscape features. Many require replenishing at least once per year to maintain an attractive appearance and effective weed control.
One may also ask, should landscape fabric go under mulch?
Avoid using impermeable plastic, especially if you have trees, shrubs or other plants nearby. Unfortunately, landscape fabric also makes weeding extremely difficult; you can’t get a shovel down through the rock and fabric. Don’t use fabric under organic mulches. It’s better to let them decompose and mix into the soil.
How do I keep weeds from growing in my mulch?
The trick to keeping weeds from growing through your mulch is to put a layer of weed barrier underneath.
- Pull up any weeds that are already growing in the area you want to mulch.
- Rake the area smooth and remove any old mulch, rocks or debris that could poke a hole in your weed barrier.