Which weed control fabric is best?

A wide choice of weed control products is available, making it difficult to select the best product. Specially-designed fabrics and geotextiles are an environmentally friendly, long term solution. In this article, we take a look at which weed control fabric is best for your garden or landscaping project. For the purpose of this article, we have focused on the products available from the leading range by DuPont™ Plantex® , however, please note that other ranges are available.

DuPont™ has produced a wide range of chemical free and ecological landscaping solutions for both the professional market & home owners alike for the past 30 years. DuPont™ products are therefore innovative, effective and fit for purpose.

All DuPont™ Plantex® range of landscaping solutions offer the following:

  • Contributes to reducing chemical use in landscaping
  • Extremely effective weed and root resistance as a result of the products’ thermal bonding technology
  • Performance of the products is maintained over a long life time
  • There is no risk of chemicals or any other substance release from the material into the soil
  • Installation is quick and easy: the products can be cut with a regular pair of scissors or cutters to the required size and there is no risk of fibre release from the material over the course of time

Importantly, the DuPont™ Plantex® range assists with the natural biodiversity of the soil – in other words, it doesn’t affect the creatures which live in the ground. This is thanks to the product’s air open, water permeable surfaces and the fact that is it a chemical-free solution. There is also good news in in terms of durability as the product is designed to do the job for the entire lifetime of the product while it is installed.

Weed control fabric and its applications

There are 4 key products which we sell and your choice for those products will depend on the application:

Which weed control fabric is best for standard applications?

DuPont™ Plantex® Premium (different sizes are available) is the most popular ‘standard’ choice for weed control. It’s permeable to water and air and has a 20 year product guarantee.

Which weed control fabric is best for sloped embankments and sloped driveways?

DuPont™ Plantex® Gold (different widths are available) is water and air permeable and used for weed control. It has a 25 year product guarantee and is up to 5 years UV stable. Alternative products will only last one season if they are uncovered (or badly covered) anywhere at all in comparison. This is because they will begin to deteriorate if not UV stable. Gold can be used on sloped embankments and sloped driveways, where mulch or other toppings don’t hold in place.

Which weed control fabric is best for brand new planting areas, such as new build sites?

DuPont™ Plantex® Cocomat (different widths available) is similar to the Gold in that it is a water and air permeable weed control and a good choice for slopes / inclines, but it is finished with natural coconut fibres which are woven into the fabric, which means that it is more aesthetically pleasing if you’ve got an area for new builds etc where planting is very new. The colour of the fibres will change from brown to grey between years one and two. When exposed to the sun, the fibres will control performance up until 3 to 5 years. This is usually enough time to allow for the planted shrubs to take hold, grow and deliver the necessary shade to hold down the growth of the weeds. After this period, the coco fibres will naturally mulch back into the ground.

Which weed control fabric is best to stop aggressive roots growing into a garden, road or pathway?

DuPont™ Plantex® Root Barrier (different sizes available) is a non-permeable root barrier (rather than general weed control) – it is used vertically to stop root structures (particularly aggressive roots such as bamboo) encroaching on the rest of a garden or disrupting the structure of a road / pathway. You can also contain your planting by surrounding a plant or tree, creating a circular tube around it.


Note – Cocomat and Gold for embankments and sloped landscapes are unique with an excellent degree of UV stability. This ensures an environmentally friendly approach to very effective weed control on sloped surfaces. Alternative approaches have only included using aggressive chemicals and herbicides to hold down weed growth on these types of area.

For more information on DuPont™ Plantex® weed control solutions, or alternatives, call our helpline on 01752 692 221. Alternatively, please use our livechat facility.