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Weed Mat

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 1:25 AM

One question I get asked quite regularly is whether or not to put weedmat in a garden. My answer is always no and here is why.

 

Weedmat does not stop weeds from growing, It may deter a seasons growth if you are lucky but weeds will inevitably start growing on top of weedmat. If you do not keep on top of these weeds (as you would have to without the mat there to begin with) the weeds roots will grow through the weedmat making them harder to remove and destroying the mat you have.

 

Weedmat will also cause problems for your garden and soil sush as:

* It will slow or stop rainfall from soaking into the soil.

* It prevents worms from getting to the organic matter/mulch in the topsoil

*It hinder or stop the aeration of the soil.

* If your garden bed is uneven then its slippery surface will let mulch to slide off showing patches of plastic.

* Contributes to plastic pollution.

 

At the end of the day the best prevention is regular maintenance, weeding and spraying. I have spent many years working on and maintaining gardens and have not come by any other method to work as well as regular maintenance.

 

Extra Hint: If you are struggling for time always pull the weeds that are closest to seeding( starting or at flowering stage). Remember 1 year of seeds equals five years of weeds.

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