Why do people use landscape fabric?
People use landscape fabric for all kinds of reasons, but the biggest is probably to cut down on the maintenance tasks in the garden. Although landscape fabric may seem like a great option for all gardens and lawns, you should know that it can cause more trouble than it’s worth. At Mesa Turf Masters, our lawn care experts in Grand Junction are dedicated to helping you to enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden. That is why we have come up with the following list of reasons not to use landscape fabric:
#1. It causes compact soil.
Soil needs to be loose and crumbly in order for the roots of your plants to get the water and nutrients they need to survive. Landscape fabric can cause the soil to become compacted, and it prevents nature’s aerator, earthworms, from being able to do their job!
#2. It keeps your plants from finding the soil.
Landscape fabric is a barrier between your plants and the soil that they need to grow strong and drought-resistant. Plants that are grown on top of landscape fabric will be much more dependent on you to water them, and they won’t be able to access the nutrients that they need deep within the soil.
#3. It essentially kills the soil.
There are a plethora of micro-organisms in the soil, and they are responsible for breaking down mineral and organic matter so that it can easily be used by your plants. Healthy soil is its own natural fertilizer, but when it is covered by landscape fabric, it kills those micro-organisms that help to keep it healthy.
Want to learn about more reasons not to use landscape fabric? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.