In many parts of the world, the ground is hardly ever bare. Where there is a dusty or muddy furrow (depending on the climate), not long before, it was probably covered with dandelions and honeysuckle. It takes constant maintenance, equipment and effort to keep everything weed free.

By definition, ground cover does not necessarily provide an immediate solution to the need for protecting the soil. Technically speaking, ground cover includes grass, gravel, mulch and quite a variety of plants. Any of these solutions is better than weeds, but they each one satisfies a different need.

Reduce the growth of weeds with ground cover fabric MALAHIERBA.

An ideal ground cover for soil in your garden should have the following characteristics:

– It should be easy to maintain and it shouldn’t need to be replaced or moved often
– It should reduce or eliminate the growth of weeds
– It should keep the soil in its place in every season
– It shouldn’t stop the growth of desired plants
– It should look good

When you pick a living ground cover, you should consider these characteristics:

– It should be sufficiently resistant to extreme weather
– It should grow quickly so that it covers the desired area
– It shouldn’t take over where it is not wanted

Save hours of labor and money spent on herbicides! You’ll get a higher yield and better production when you use ground cover. 

Even if you aren’t worried about how attractive it is, no ground cover satisfies all the necessities. We’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of some solutions.


Don’t laugh. It can save you a lot of headaches. If you pick the right grass for your climate, it will be easy to maintain with tools you already have. It reproduces easily and reduces the growth of weeds.

Gravel or mulch

Consider the possibility of uniting these two components in a single category since they have a lot in common. For example, both have to be moved and put in. Both do the best job at reducing weeds when they are placed over gardening fabric. In contrast with live ground cover, which requires nutrition and time to grow, gravel looks good and works as weed control from the day it’s placed.

Gravel as well as mulch requires maintenance and periodic renewal since they may fade in color or mix with the soil beneath. Gravel is more expensive than its equivalent volume of mulch, but it doesn’t decompose. For this reason you should only use gravel where you plan to keep using gravel in the foreseeable future.

Weed barrier fabric prevents the growth of weeds indefinitely. 

Of course, gravel and mulch are not ground covers that will prevent the growth of weeds forever even when they are combined with lining or gardening fabric. Sooner or later, the wind or rain will deposit enough organic material over them to provide a place for weed seeds to sprout. 

On the other hand, weeds that grow over weed barrier fabric are generally easier to pull up. In general, when gravel is used with weed barrier fabric, the maintenance is extremely low and this ground cover is easy and quick to install.


There are no set-in-stone, quick rules to follow for making a decision about ground covers. Don’t expect everything you try to turn out well. Take your time; try different options a little at a time to see what works for you. Avoid short cuts and quick experiments that you will regret later. Above all, remember that you will be the one who is happy when your ground cover works as it should. 

We wish you the best of luck!

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