Ground Cover Weed Barrier Fabric
It has never been so easy to keep your yard or garden free of invasive plants as with MALAHIERBA ground cover. You won’t need to pull weeds 24/7 and you’ll save time and man hours. Above all you will achieve the main goal: your yard will look perfect and your vegetables will grow vigorously.
For decades, using weed barrier fabric has been a widely-employed gardening technique. Of course, there is some resistance to using ground cover because some people believe that the land won’t have enough ventilation if it is covered with plastic. Or they might even think that using plastic could contaminate the soil. This is true if the ground cover is simple plastic that doesn’t allow air and moisture through or if it is of poor quality. In the case of woven ground cover fabric, this problem doesn’t occur because it is an innovative product developed especially to avoid the growth of unwanted plants. At the same time that our weed barrier fabric totally blocks out the sun’s rays, its woven fabric allows air and water to easily pass through.
Protect your vegetables from invasive weeds.
The Origin of Weed Barrier Fabric
This technique of using ground cover was originally used in semi-arid climates to save water by limiting its evaporation. It was only later that people began using it to stop the growth of invasive plants. They used tree bark, straw, leaves etc. Then the plastic industry developed specific products to achieve the greatest advantages for yards and gardens.
Advantages of Weed Barrier Fabric
Eliminating invasive plants leads to a series of advantages that, along with the other benefits provided by weed barrier fabric, make its use an essential production technique.
- Save water. This fabric impedes the evaporation of water and maintains moisture in the soil so that it can be absorbed by plants.
- Since you impede the growth of invasive plants, nearly all the water is available to your crops.
- Higher yields
- Earlier harvest and longer crop cycles because the soil is warmed more quickly and it stays warm longer than uncovered soil.
- More fertilizing elements are available because higher average soil temperatures create more activity among the microorganisms found there.
- Greater protection from rain, less soil erosion and consequently less loss of nitrates.
- Cleaner harvests (strawberries, melons, tomatoes for example) because they rest over the weed barrier fabric and not directly over the ground.
- Greater uniformity among the plants since they have favorable growth conditions and greater access to carbonic anhydrase.
- The soil is more aerated and lighter if it is covered with weed barrier fabric.
- Fewer fungal diseases
- Save man hours in weeding and there is more available time for other types of crop maintenance. In fact, except for the installation and the cost, there are no additional expenses.
- Reduce the use of chemical products and, as a consequence, produce more ecological vegetables.
Ground cover fabric keeps weeds from stealing nutrients from your crop.
Characteristics of Woven Weed Barrier Fabric
- High quality so that it is longer lasting and more resistant
- It doesn’t lose its shape or tear
- You can walk on it
- It is treated so that it doesn’t deteriorate when exposed to UV rays.
- Optimum permeability
Installation of Ground Cover Fabric
Ground cover fabric can be put down to completely cover the cultivated area. It can also be put down only where the plants are.
This fabric can be reused after it is washed and disinfected. You can roll it and store it for other crops. You can use it for the same plant or others, keeping in mind the size and location of the holes made in it.
This technique is admitted in organic farming.
Recommendations for Installation
- Be careful to extent the fabric so that it is stretched out without any bunches or wrinkles.
- The land should be prepared
- Make sure your watering or fertigation isn’t blocked or obstructed
Achieve higher crop quality with ground cover fabric.
Advice for Applying Weed Barrier Fabric by Vegetable
After making the holes for these plants that can be intensively cropped, you won’t have to do anymore work and the final results are great.
Thanks to ground cover, light is kept from coming into contact with the sprouts, which contributes to a better harvest. Of course, don’t leave the spears covered for too long and remove the fabric at the right time to guarantee a high quality product.
We recommend adapting this technique to the following crops, although it is not often employed with these plants, because it reduces the physical labor required.
Cucumber, melon, zucchini, squash
These vegetables benefit from the use of ground cover fabric outside and inside a greenhouse.
This is the crop for which ground cover fabric is most widely used because when the fruits touch the ground, they get dirty and lose their value. For this crop, ground cover fabric is considered necessary.
Previously it wasn’t common to use ground cover fabric to grow lettuce, but lately it has given good yields and it is widely used.
Ground cover fabric is a good option for use with your crops to keep them weed free.
Eggplants, Peppers, Tomatoes
This is the optimum system for improving the yield of these crops.
Ground cover fabric is used to get earlier harvests.
Parsley, Celery, Spinach
This technique gives good results even though it may require more work in the beginning.
Uses in Yards
Ground cover is a fabric that can be used anywhere place you don’t want plants. Additionally, it helps you avoid soil erosion, keeping it more compact and nutrient rich. Thanks to ground cover, you can create paths, barriers, and visual elements to signal access to some areas. As well as preventing the growth of weeds, ground cover fabric is a tool to create transitions from one part of the yard to another, helping mark off spaces.