I need to cover a bare strip of ground along the curb with rock.
Is it advisable or necessary to use a "weed fabric" or black plastic
underneath the gravel in order to avoid weeds? Is there a preference? Living
in Southern California, where weeds grow like crazy.
Yes, not only will it prevent weed seeds from germinating below the gravel,
it will also make weeds which are blown in easier to pull, since they'll
just be rooted in the loose gravel. As well, it will keep the gravel from
migrating down into the soil, making replenishing of the gravel less
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
Ground fabrics are known to cause more harm than good. They impede flow of
oxygen and stop microbiota, insects and beneficial organisms from doing
their job. Plus the damn stuff is plastic and plastic has no place in your
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