Can I Leave Weeds Under Landscaping Paper?


Can I Put Landscape Fabric Over Weeds? Yes, you can. Synthetic landscape fabrics provide a physical barrier to weeds yet allow air, water and nutrients through to plant roots. Spread the fabric over bare soil around trees and shrubs; overlap several inches of fabric at the seams.


However, weeds can leave behind seeds that may sprout next year in the uncovered soil. Keep the plants already in the ground. In this way, you can put newspapers around them. Think of putting a shredded leaf mulch layer on the ground soil for decomposing under the papers.

How to use newspaper for garden weed control

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get weeds out of landscape fabric?

You not only will have weeds start growing through the microscopic holes in the fabric (also, many seeds are airborne and will just land on top anyway) – but it’s nearly impossible to pull them out when their roots are under/enmeshed in the fabric (You literally have to CUT the landscaping fabric off the ground to get the weeds out!)

Can you use kraft paper to cover weeds?

The kraft paper prevents sunlight from reaching the weeds, retains moisture, and safely biodegrades. This is obviously not a permanent solution, which is in contrast to using landscaping fabric, a material that lasts for years.

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