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Old 03-09-2017, 09:34 PM
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Landscape Fabric: To Use or Not To Use

So I'm coming up on a 7-day break and I am trying to plan out as best as I can -on a super low budget- the "rocking" of the front lot of my rental property. I am not doing anything intricate or fancy -just using the same gray/white 3/4 inch gravel on about 5,000 square feet of sandy soil, just to keep the sandy soil from continuing to erode down the slope.

Attached are a couple of pictures of what I am dealing with here.

My question is: should I bother using Landscape fabric? Why or why not?
Any and all suggestions and comments welcome and appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

The Gravel Boy
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:09 PM
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I guess I should mention that I am mostly concerned with keeping the 3/4 in gravel from being absorbed or 'swallowed up' by the sandy soil beneath. In terms of the weed growth, I know from what I've read here, that it is inevitable that weeds will come up regardless.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:25 AM
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Yes you can use landscaping fabric. The landscaping fabric needs to be placed over a freshly graded surface, preferably a thin layer of sand. Sand will keep the fabric from tearing over the years. If you place the landscaping fabric over a rocky surface, wear may cause the rocks to create holes in the fabric that weeds can grow through. It is a good idea to purchase the best fabric that you can afford, some of them last much longer than others, and are more tightly woven.
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