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Which weed control fabric is best?

Which weed control fabric is best?A wide choice of weed control products are available, making it difficult to select the best one. 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 leading DuPont Plantex range, however there are many other choices available.

The DuPont Plantex range

DuPont has produced a wide range of chemical-free and ecological landscaping solutions for both the professional market and homeowners for the past 30 years. The innovative DuPont Plantex range of landscaping solutions offers a range of benefits:

  • Helping to reduce the use of chemicals in landscaping
  • Effective weed and root resistance as a result of the products’ thermal bonding technology
  • The products uphold a high level of performance over a long lifetime
  • 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 retaining 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 chemical-free solution’s water-permeable surfaces. There is also good news in terms of durability, as the product is designed to do the job effectively for the entire time it is installed.

DuPont Plantex CocomatWeed control fabric and its applications

There are four key products in the DuPont Plantex range available here at Drainage Superstore. Your choice will depend on the intended application.

Which weed control fabric is best for standard applications?

DuPont Plantex Premium is the most popular ‘standard’ choice for weed control. It is permeable to water and air, and has a 20-year product guarantee.

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

DuPont Plantex Gold has a 25-year product guarantee and is up to five years UV stable. Alternative products will only last one season if they are uncovered or badly covered at any points. Use Gold 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 is finished with natural coconut fibres, which are woven into the fabric. This makes it a more aesthetically pleasing solution for new builds and other areas where planting is 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 for up to three to five 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.

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

The DuPont Plantex Root Barrier is a non-permeable root barrier, rather than a general weed control. Use it vertically to prevent root structures, particularly aggressive roots such as bamboo, from encroaching on the rest of a garden or disrupting the structure of a road or pathway. You can also contain the planted area by placing a barrier in a circular structure around it.

Note: Cocomat and Gold for embankments and sloped landscapes offer an excellent degree of UV stability. This ensures an environmentally friendly approach to effective weed control on sloped surfaces. Alternative approaches have included using aggressive chemicals and herbicides to hold down weed growth on these types of areas.

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