Landscape and Weed Control Fabrics

Landscaping fabrics can be broken down into three categories: weed control membranes, inclined landscaping membranes and geotextiles.

Weed control fabrics

Weed control fabrics are great to use anywhere you don’t want weeds! Some are just for use in flower beds, while others can be laid under lawns, driveways, decking or patios. Specialist fabrics like the DuPont Plantex Root Barrier can be used vertically to stop aggressive roots like bamboo from encroaching on other garden structures.

Inclined landscaping membranes

Inclined landscaping membranes are perfect for sloping gardens or steep embankments. Not only do they provide excellent weed control, they can also stop soil erosion and prevent mulch or other soil toppings from slipping down the inclined land.

Geotextiles

Geotextiles can also be used to control weeds, but they’re much more heavy-duty. As such, they’re more commonly used in ground engineering projects like roads or driveways where they help provide strength, stability and drainage capabilities. In the garden they can be used under hardscaping projects like patios, paths or decking, where they play a vital role in keeping different parts of the soil from mixing together and potentially destabilising garden structures. They’re also used in drainage projects, like soakaways and landrains, to stop any silt or debris from entering.

Feel free to browse the extensive line of landscape fabric listed on this page, and don’t hesitate to contact us on 01752 692 221 if you have any questions about the type of fabric that is best-suited to your job.

Do I need a woven or non-woven geotextile?

Ensuring you choose the right geotextile fabric for your project means understanding the basic differences between them. So should you chose woven or non-woven?

Woven geotextiles

What are they? Woven geotextiles are made by weaving polypropylene tapes together in a crisscross pattern. This makes the fabric super-strong.

What they’re used for? Their high tensile strength makes woven geotextiles suitable for use under patios, paths and parking areas.

Advantages vs Disadvantages Strong and economical, woven geotextiles are a little cheaper than non-woven and because of their extra strength woven geotextiles have a greater load capability. However, woven geotextiles offer only limited drainage and filtration capabilities compared to the non-woven variety, and they can lose strength over time.

Non-woven geotextiles

What are they? Non-woven geotextiles feel a bit like felt. They’re made by thermally bonding polypropylene which is then finished by using needle punching.

What they’re used for? Although non-woven fabrics have a lower tensile strength than the woven variety, they’re still strong and durable. Their main advantage is that they offer excellent drainage capabilities, making them ideal for use beneath driveways and roads where long-term ground stabilisation and filtration is required.

Advantages vs Disadvantages Easier to cut, durable and strong, non-woven fabrics provide excellent drainage and filtration without losing strength over time. This type of geotextile does however have lower tensile strength compared to woven. For more information on the types of geotextiles available, read our Geotextiles Explained guide.

How easy is it to fit landscaping membrane?

Landscaping membrane is easy to install, provided you buy the right size you need for the job. It’s good to keep overlaps to a minimum, so looking for a roll that’s nearly the same size as your project is a great start. For paths, choose a narrow, long roll (for example, one that’s 1m wide and 15m long). For a square area such as a patio, look for packs that are wider and shorter, like 2m wide and 10m long, for example. For large surface areas, some maxi rolls can be 100m long and come in widths of up to 4.5m.

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