Landscaping fabrics are by no means an answer to a no maintenance landscape. I know a lot of folks are under the impression that they can simply buy it, place it, cover it, and forget it. Forever.
First. There is no such thing as a no maintenance landscape. In many instances landscape fabric can make your life a lot easier. However, there is an upside and a downside to using it. And as with most everything else, proper installation and maintenance is required if you intend to use it.
Landscape fabrics have their applications. They arent necessary in all applications but might be preferred in regards to the type of groundcover you use.
Our company uses weed barrier in 95% of the designs we create. Its the nature of our business as we use decorative rock as the preferred groundcover around here. When using rock for groundcover and path work, its necessary to have a separator between the soil and groundcover. Otherwise, youll have mud rocks by the first rain storm.
In theory you should be able to use almost anything as a separator. Ive seen do it yourselfers use anything from plastics to newspapers and cardboard boxes to old carpet remnants. Of course,...