This article will look at the varied options when it comes to long term weed control. The two important methods are to lay down a weed fabric or polythene sheeting.
The primary thing to take a look at it the type of sheets it is best to use. I will be looking at long term heavy duty use, you are able to get lighter variations of both types of merchandise, however I might be concentrating on a long term answer for perennials and leafy garden pests.
OK so with regards to buying weed fabric it may be called a number of different names; geotextile, membrane, ground cowl and mulch cloth so if I mention these names do not get confused, they are all the identical thing. Weed materials come could be manufactured in a couple of methods, they come in spun-bonded and woven (each produced from polyethylene). For long time use you have to the woven style (a minimum of 100gsm), for light use you'll only require the spun-bonded (a minimum of 50gsm). The GSM is the grams per sq. metre; this number applies to both woven & spun-bonded materials and is a good indicator as to the standard of the material, the higher the better. In this article I'm specializing in the woven 100gsm with reference to mulch fabric. The polythene I'm referring to in this article is the black 250mu style.
Backyard ground cover and polythene are utilized by professionals and also amateurs; there are differences between the two. Heavy duty polythene is usually thicker and is a continuous sheet with none perforations. Geotextile is a woven fabric that has a very tight weave, leaving minute holes in it; the use for these holes will be explained later. When it comes to value per sq. metre they're pretty comparable; if anything the polythene is slightly more expensive, this becomes more obvious the bigger the world it's essential cover.
Each products are commonest in black; you will discover green commercial grade landscape fabric
and in addition other colours of polythene. When using these sheets you need to block out as much light as possible; you don't want the perennials underneath to photosynthesise. As soon as they're laid down then over time the weeds will die and degrade. You can lay turf, gravel and mulching merchandise over both plastic and geotextile at any stage of the process; it would continue to work underneath.
Each plastic and geotextile are available in sheeting and roll form; this relies on the producer and the preference of the shop selling it. By way of pegging them down there are dedicated weed anchor pegs that may be purchased, though they work with both, they are really designed to be used with the mulch fabric. For harder ground it's best to upgrade to metal pegs as they're loads stronger than the standard plastic style.
And so to the pros and cons. In terms of both of the kinds of prevention they are each effective and lengthy lasting so long as they are laid properly; they both get a tick within the box for that (polythene being thicker can sometimes final a bit longer). They are each suitable for heavy duty functions and are simply installed.