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Weed Block

Weight: 2 oz - 3 oz
Type: Non-Woven

Polyspun weed block fabric is a reliable geotextile which is effective in discouraging weeds from taking root in the landscape. This material allows for water, air and nutrients to flow through while providing a tough barrier against weed roots.

Heavy Duty Landscape Fabric

Weight: 4 oz - 5 oz
Type: Non-Woven

Designed for applications which require a heavy-duty weed barrier, this fabric is thick, durable and can also be used to provide stabilization to the soil below. This fabric is marked with planting strips for easy spacing when planting in rows.

Pond Underlayment

Weight: 8 oz
Type: Non-Woven

This ultra-heavy duty fabric is ideal for placing below rubber liner in pond applications to protect against sharp objects which threaten to puncture the liner. This non-woven fabric can also be placed below rip rap in construction road applications to act as a soil barrier.

Driveway Fabric

Tensile Strength: 200 LB
Type: Woven

For driveway, road construction or paver subgrade stabilization. Driveway fabric is a woven 200 lb strength fabric which is designed to stabilize and and provide soil separation for areas which will be subjected to heavy traffic or hardscapes.

Drainfield Fabric

Weight: 2 oz - 3 oz
Type: Non-Woven

Drainfield fabric is perfect for providing a filter between the ground and the exit pipes in a drainfield application. These fabrics feature a high permeability rate allowing water to easily flow through while keeping the dirt and debris out.

Drainage Fabric

Weight: 3 oz - 6 oz
Type: Non-Woven

Designed for demanding drainage applications, these drainage fabrics are heavier in weight than the drinfield fabric while offering a high water flow weight. Acting as a dual function fabric, drainage fabric can also be used to contain erosion in the drainage area.

Ground Cover Fabric

Weight: 3 oz
Type: Woven

This woven ground cover fabric is ideal for greenhouse or outdoor planing applications where a uv-resistant fabric is required. Planting strips allow for convenient row alignment and the fabric also helps to prevent weed growth.

Dewitt Landscape Fabric

Weight: Various
Type: Various

We offer the complete line of Dewitt landscape fabrics which cover nearly every landscape application. With a wide variety of roll sizes and weights, there is a Dewitt solution for nearly every application.

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What are the Most Common Landscape Fabric sizes?

Landscape fabric, otherwise known as weed cloth or weed barrier, might be an enticing solution for any gardener wishing to eliminate weeds growing around trees the easy way. Sure, landscape fabrics can effectively prevent weeds from growing.

Landscape fabric comes in a variety of sizes. The following are the most common geotextile landscape fabric sizing:

12.5’ wide by 360’ long

4’ wide by 300’ long

6’ wide by 300’ long

Many gardeners and experts have been using landscape fabric for weed barrier, filtration and drainage, erosion control, and path/road construction.

A weed barrier is a layer of geotextile fabric, plastic, or cardboard that is placed under soil and mulch to help block weed seeds from getting the light they need to germinate and grow through the soil. Weed barriers make weeding duties less difficult in vegetable gardens and flower beds.

Why is the 12' wide landscape fabric roll so popular?

Using a larger size roll like the 12-foot wide can be advantageous as it takes less work and fabric overlap than using a smaller size roll. The 12 ft wide roll is the sweet spot for landscaping use as it can be easily managed by one to two people. when getting to larger size rolls it can require more manpower to wrangle the rolls and get them into position. Of course, you can always roll out a larger roll and then use a knife to cut off smaller portions of the roll to make it more manageable.


Many people have had success in using landscape fabrics to minimize weed growth for years and have not experienced trees dying from it. Landscape fabrics are used to choke out pesky weeds, and, at the same time, protect the ground or soil from harsh weather conditions.

Landscape fabrics are also permeable to allow water and nutrients to reach the soil and keep trees healthy.


Landscape Fabric 12' Wide Rolls

How to use Fabric around Shrubs

Properly installed landscape fabric can prevent weeds and erosion around your bushes without many downsides. Improperly installed, however, it can easily choke your bushes, trees, and shrubs of water and nutrients.

In the next section, we will elaborate on the two major types of landscape fabrics available on the market so you know which one is right for your garden.

Which Type of Landscape Fabric to Use Near Trees

You do not want to use landscape fabrics made out of plastic to put around trees. Instead, use geotextile fabrics geared specifically for landscaping. When browsing for fabrics, make sure to read the print.

Types of Landscape Fabrics

Landscape fabrics can be categorized into two kinds:



1. Woven fabrics

  • Typically, of linen or polypropylene material.
  • Allow better oxygenation, water exchange, and nutrition with soil.
  • Best used for shrubs and garden beds except in vegetable gardens.


2. Non-woven fabrics

  • Often made either in polyester or polypropylene.
  • Offers great permeability (water flow through) for drainage.
  • Best used in landscapes with rock or gravel.

Different Types of 12' Wide Landscape Fabric

How to Install Landscape Fabric Around Trees

First off, the best advice or instruction to install landscape fabric around trees will come from the manufacturer or brand itself. Look for any instructions that come with the item or you may find it on their websites.

If the brand doesn’t have tips listed anywhere, this is how you can install landscape fabric around trees:

Measure a ring around the tree

Using a stick or measuring tape, measure at least 2 feet of distance from the trunk to create a big circle around the tree trunk.

Till the soil and flatten the ground

Using a shovel, dig and remove grass that’s within the measured circle.

Smoothen the ground by raking, and removing any twigs. This is to lay your landscape fabric on a flat surface.

Cut landscape fabric in sections

Cut landscape fabric in sections enough to fill the whole diameter.

Make sure not to have the fabric touch the root flare as we do not want moisture to be trapped that could damage the tree.


Add a dripline (optional)

If you’re too concerned about the fact that landscape fabrics may get clogged and won’t allow water to reach the roots, then installing a drip irrigation system could be a solution for you.

Adding the dripline above the fabric allows you to tinker with the dripline should problems arise with the irrigation system.

Add organic mulch

Cover the fabric in organic mulch.

Also, don’t let the mulch cover the root flare as well to prevent moisture from getting trapped.

What are the Advantages of Using Landscape Fabric Around Trees?

You can use landscape fabrics to your advantage for the following reasons:

Reduces growth of weeds

This is the primary reason why many landscapers still opt to use landscape fabric.

Conserves moisture

Apart from reducing the growth of weeds in your garden, landscape fabrics are beneficial to your plants in the short term as it helps keep moisture in, making plants hydrated.

Minimizes soil erosion on slopes

The fabric can prevent washouts from rain as nonwoven fabric will tend to keep soil in place

Reduces the use of herbicides and insecticides

When using landscape fabrics, you limit yourself and your precious plants from exposure to harmful chemicals.

Less maintenance for your garden

This reduces the times you would ever need to remove weeds.

Acts as an insulator

Landscape fabrics can act as a protective layer during extreme weather, especially during frost season.

When to Use Landscape Fabric Around a Tree

It is essential to know that the right application and installation are keys to maximizing their use and lifespan.

The reason for this is simple. Landscape fabrics are intended to be left for years. In a vegetable garden, you need to constantly move and tend to your plants which could damage your fabric in the long run.

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize its benefits for your garden. According to the Irrigation and Green Industry, installation is key.

How to Install Landscape Fabric Around Plants and Trees

As previously mentioned, the right installation makes all the difference when it comes to keeping your garden healthy.

How you should be installing it will depend on the type of ground you are laying your fabric over.

You will need the following tools:

● Razor-sharp scissors or knife

● Rake

● Shovel

● Hammer or mallet

Here are the basic steps for installing landscape fabric above a soiled surface.

How to Install Landscape Fabric Around Shrubs

Installing landscape fabric around shrubs is a pretty similar process just as how you would install it around plants, except for some minor differences.

If you’re not confident with installing the landscape fabric yourself, it is best to consult a professional to give the best outcome for your garden.


How to Remove Landscape Fabric from Around Trees

Removing landscape fabric could indeed be a daunting task to accomplish. Let’s break down in detail how to remove landscape fabric around trees.


Remove rocks or organic mulch placed above the fabric by sections

You can use a shovel to clear out any obstruction.


Cut the fabric in sections

Using a pair of scissors, cut off a portion of the fabric after pulling up the fabric.

Repeat the process until all fabric is removed. It takes patience to get all this done.

Alternatives for Weed Control Around Trees

It’s totally fine if you’ve decided to skip on the use of landscape fabrics entirely as there are other ways to manage or control weeds around trees.

Pull weeds regularly

The only way for you not to get overwhelmed with weeds is to create a regular routine in pulling them out.

1 to 2 weeks is often a good interval for getting them out.

Hire a gardener

If your schedule doesn’t permit you to pull weeds at least once per week, then hiring a gardener can help keep your garden be in pristine condition.

Add more hardscape to your garden

Creating more pathways or cemented areas in your garden will make less room for weeds to grow.

Plant heavily around the tree

Planting more densely inhibits the growth of pesky weeds.

You can surround it with flowers or small shrubs to beautify the area.

Newspaper

Best of all, free or relatively inexpensive and decomposable. This works to inhibit weed growth for at least a single season.

Although unpleasing to look at, you can always layer over some rocks to achieve a better appearance.

Cardboard

Just like newspapers, they work effectively in keeping weeds out as a temporary measure.

Cover in organic mulch

Mulch can sustain and provide weed control even in the absence of a landscape fabric.

Organic Mulch Vs Inorganic Mulch

12 foot Wide Landscape Fabric Roll for use with mulch

Quality Mulch is placed over Landscape Fabric to prevent weeds from emerging in landscape beds

Organic mulch is often preferred over inorganic ones. Now let’s compare the two and how they can be applied as a non-harmful alternative for weed control.

Mulch Chart

How to Apply Organic Mulch Around Trees

A general rule of thumb when it comes to applying organic mulch is to fill each tree with mulch up to 3 inches in depth, 3 inches away from the trunk, and 3 feet wide of a circle.

It is estimated that about 1 inch of organic mulch decomposes every year. It is good habit to replenish about the same amount to provide the best nutrition.

Linda K. Lillie, an award-winning botanist, recommends against filling beyond the recommended 3 inches in depth and letting mulch touch the trunk of the tree as this can lead to decay and disease. This is often coined as “volcano mulching”.

Effects of Volcano Mulching

Creating mulch volcanoes can have the same damaging effects as using landscape fabrics around trees. It is important to follow the 3x3x3 rule.

Here are some of the consequences if you add an excessive amount of mulch:

● Damage by rodents and other soil-dwelling creatures

● Uproot of trees or girdling of roots

● Infestation by insects

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