Use fabric to create a barrier around garden areas to control weeds

Weeds, whether grasses or broadleaf plants, prevalent where there isn’t good weed control, are undesired plants, especially in greenhouses or hydroponic gardens. Weeds are characterized by being drought resistant pests. These plants can tolerate going several months without rain water and survive with only the humidity they find in the subsoil.


In this image, we can see weed barrier fabric over the irrigation furrow for fruit trees.


Weeds are so resistant that many farmers and gardeners use herbicides to eliminate these bothersome plants. Herbicides totally eliminate the weeds and leave only the desired plants. This method is risky for the environment, though, since it can harm other native plants near the garden or farm. On the other hand, it’s important to control weeds because they take nutrients needed by the main crop as well as competing for water.

Weeds can be eliminated in a less aggressive, cheaper way with this weed control method: weed barrier fabric. It is a plastic fabric made from a petroleum product. Weed barrier cloth is put on the ground like a carpet over the earth and it keeps the sun’s rays from reaching weed seedlings. Since the weeds can complete photosynthesis, they die.


Herbicides are popular among farmers and gardeners as a way to completely eradicate weeds.

Weed barrier fabric is cheap and long-lasting. It can hold up over several crop cycles because it is made from polypropylene, a super resistant material. As previously mentioned, this fabric is put down like carpet and then holes are made in the places where desired plants will be planted and grow.

The diameter of the holes can be different sizes. This depends on the thickness of the stems of the plants that will be raised.


When you don’t use weed barrier fabric, weeds compete with crops for sunlight and nutrition.


Weed barrier fabric, or as it is commonly called, groundcover, can be used with other types of agricultural products like frost blankets. It can also be used with vegetable support netting to improve vegetable and fruit production or with shade cloth so that crops like lettuce don’t get too much sunlight.


In this image, we see powerful weed barrier fabric. It makes it so that undesired plants can´t grow.

Hortomallas is a world leading company in the manufacture of plastic agricultural netting. One of their most outstanding products is vegetable support netting. Vegetable support netting is used for crops that need trellising like cucumbers, pumpkins, and many varieties of peppers. Without trellis netting, the aforementioned crops would grow on the ground, harming their fruits and reducing their production value.

Weed barrier cloth belongs the family of plastic agricultural netting. If you would like to get more information about weed barrier fabric, click on the following link for and stop buying expensive herbicides that hurt your health and the environment.


Vegetable support netting is Hortomallas star product.