[NAFEX] Woven Ground Cover
griffingardens at earthlink.net
Sat Feb 4 22:14:59 EST 2006
I use a 4' wide roll of the black woven polyester fabric for my grapes,
which is laid down the whole length of the row and the grapes planted
through holes in it. The woven polyester is very strong and completely weed
free - you can lay it down over green grass and not a blade will come
through. If organic material is allowed to accumulate on top of the fabric
weeds will sprout and the roots penetrate the fabric from above, so if you
mulch over it mulch heavily. It has been in for 6 years now without
covering and it looks like it will go another 2 or 3 more. It is expensive
at about $85 per 250' roll but that doesn't amount to much per year. It is
a better material for grapes than organic mulch since grapes like a warm
soil. Water does not freely penetrate so it is not so good until the plants
get established and the roots extend beyond the fabric. I haven't tried it
around trees but if should work if you can make a depression that will hold
water - water will go through it slowly. Tuck cut ends under or is will
> [Original Message]
> From: tanis grif <tanisgrif at yahoo.com>
> To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 2/4/06 4:59:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Woven Ground Cover
> I'll bite.
> Since anything used for mulching new trees (or other plantings) has to be
> replaced eventually, I say go for it. All mulches have good points & bad
> just learn first what these are, & whether it fits your plans. I've
ripped out some
> woven plastics which had been mulched over and had then gradually been
> roots. (Co-workers wishing they'd brought camera to document why NOT to
> stuff...) But I wonder how fast it would disintegrate if it was left
> --- Richard MURPHY <> wrote:
> > Hi Guys;
> > I am launching this out in front of the "Bad Idea Detector" (you
> > A.M. Leonard sell this stuff called "Heavy Weight Woven Ground Cover".
> > I plan to cut it up into 3 foot squares, and staple it down around 200
> > instead of Pine Bark mulch.
> > For the purpose of blocking weeds.
> > It's the same stuff nurseries use in container fields.
> > Maybe toss a Rodent Bait chunk under each one.
> > Am I missing something?
> > Thanks
> > Richard Murphy zone 4
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