The best covering materials for weed control


The best covering materials for weed control

Weeds in the garden and vegetable garden cause a lot of problems for summer residents — they take away water and nutrients from cultivated plants, they are carriers of diseases and pests. But they are easy to get rid of if you cover the area with a special covering material.
The best covering materials for weed control
The best covering materials from weeds. Photo:

Weed control materials are usually black, but some manufacturers produce brown ones. They also differ in density. To protect the garden and vegetable garden, a canvas with a density of 60 g / sq. m. For the yard, paths, patios and technical areas, it is better to use a denser fiber — 80, 100 or 150 g / sq. m.

Rating of the top 5 best covering materials from weeds according to KP

Let’s look at all the options for covering materials that summer residents can use to protect the site from weeds.

1. Spunbond №150 black

Spunbond №150 black.  Photo:
Spunbond №150 black. Photo:

Non-woven covering made from recycled polypropylene fibers.

Spunbond 150 is widely used in landscape design — it is laid to protect against weeds in places with high soil load. For example, under paving slabs, barbecue and patio areas, under playgrounds, under small architectural forms and curbs.

This geotextile passes water well — there will be no stagnation of moisture after rain and in spring after snow melts. It 100% protects against the germination of weeds, even perennial rhizomes. And it is very durable — you can not only walk on it often, but even drive a car.

It can be used in the garden and in the garden, but to protect plantings from weeds, it comes out unjustifiably expensive — there is enough cloth with a density of 60 g / sq. m.


Density 150gsm m
Dimensions 1.6m x 150m
3.2 m x 150 m

Pros and cons

Very reliable geotextile — one of the most popular, durable, available in two sizes — you can choose the best
There are no obvious cons

2. Isobond GEO

Isobond GEO.  Photo:
Isobond GEO. Photo:

Geotextile based on propylene fiber. Available in three weights: 60, 80, 100 and 150gsm. m. All of them reliably protect against weeds and pass water well.

Depending on the density, it has a different purpose:

  • 60gsm m — for sheltering beds, near-stem circles of trees and shrubs, creating alpine slides and rockeries;
  • 80gsm m — to create alpine slides, rockeries, as a basis for paving slabs for garden paths;
  • 100 g/sq. m — as a base for paving slabs for garden paths with high traffic, to protect the slopes of ravines and drainage ditches, for patios and barbecue and barbecue areas.
  • 150 square meters m — as a basis for construction, for roads on the site, for arranging technical sites and laying curbs.


Density 60, 80, 100, 150gsm m
Dimensions 1.6m x 25m

Pros and cons

Large selection of density — you can choose the material for any type of work on the site, low price
Only one size option

3. Technohaut GEO

Technohaut Geo.  Photo:
Technohaut Geo. Photo:

Polypropylene geotextile. It perfectly protects any area from weeds, passes water well — there will be no stagnation of moisture. You can use it in the garden to cover the beds, in the garden, for arranging alpine slides and rockeries. It can be laid as a base for the construction of paths, parking lots, playgrounds, patios, recreation areas, under the barbecue and barbecue.


Density 60, 80, 100 and 130gsm m
Dimensions 1.5 m x 27 m
1.5 m x 47 m

Pros and cons

Large selection of density, durability, wear resistance
Slightly more expensive than analogues

4. Agrospan mulch 60

Agrospan mulch 60. Photo:
Agrospan mulch 60. Photo:

Perfectly protects from weeds in a garden, a kitchen garden and flower beds. It well passes water into the soil and keeps it there for a long time — it prevents evaporation. The soil under it retains a porous structure, does not dry out, and a crust does not form on the surface.

In the spring, the beds covered with this canvas warm up 2 weeks earlier, so you can plant seedlings earlier — already in mid-April (under cover).

It protects against contact of plants and crops with the soil, which means it reduces the risk of infection with fungal diseases — this is especially true for tomatoes that are severely affected by late blight and cucumbers suffering from powdery mildew.


Density 60gsm m
Dimensions 0.8 m x 200 m
1.6m x 200m
2.1 m x 150 m
3.2 m x 150 m
4.2 m x 150 m

Pros and cons

Wear-resistant — it lasts for 4 seasons, many options in size — you can choose the one that suits your planting pattern
Very massive rolls, in which 150 — 200 m of canvas are good for large gardens and orchards, but if there are few plantings, there will be a lot of excess fabric

5. Luck 60

Luck 60. Photo:
Luck 60. Photo:

Polypropylene nonwoven. Its main function is to protect the site from weeds and retain moisture in the soil. Suitable for gardens, vegetable gardens and flower beds.

In spring, the soil under this material warms up 2 weeks faster than without it — you can plant seedlings earlier.

Protects plants from diseases — the soil containing pathogens does not fall on plants and fruits during watering and during rains.


Density 60gsm m
Dimensions 2.1m x 10m
3.2m x 10m

Pros and cons

The canvas has UV protection, which increases its resistance to sunlight, wear-resistant — lasts 4 seasons, two width options — you can choose the one that suits your beds, convenient packaging — the canvas is very compactly folded
There are no different length options — the package is designed for small plantings

How to choose a covering material from weeds

All nonwoven materials are the same in composition, but differ in density. Their application depends on this — the denser the canvas, the greater the load it can withstand.

– Geotextile with a density of 100, 130 and 150 g/sq. m is used for paving access roads, technical and playgrounds, main garden paths, places for recreation and for barbecue and barbecue areas, — explains agronomist-breeder Svetlana Mikhailova. – Non-woven fabric with a density of 60 and 80 g/sq. m is used for sheltering beds, tree trunks in gardens, mulching flower beds, building alpine slides and rockeries. But if it is supposed to use large boulders in rocky gardens, then it is better to take a denser material — 100 — 150 g / sq. m.

Popular questions and answers

We talked about the choice of covering materials from weeds with agronomist-breeder Svetlana Mikhailova.

How to prepare a site for covering material from weeds?

Before laying it, it is necessary to dig up the site and carefully level the surface of the soil. It is important to remove all rhizomes of perennial weeds and stones — they can damage the material.

When to lay weed cover?

For the arrangement of various elements of landscape design, geotextiles can be laid immediately before construction and installation work. To protect the garden, garden and flower beds, it is better to lay out non-woven fabric in early spring — it will retain moisture and allow the soil to warm up faster. It is possible, in principle, in the fall, but then it will last less.

How to properly install weed control material?

It is necessary to lay the non-woven fabric with an overlap of 20 cm. Fix the edges with wire. Under construction, paths, platforms, rockeries and alpine slides, it is not necessary to pin it — it will be fixed with tiles or backfill.

Covering non-woven material often has 2 sides — front and back. The front is water-permeable, the back is not. Therefore, it is important to lay the canvas correctly — face up.

How to plant plants in an area covered with non-woven weeds?

For planting plants, cross-shaped slots are made in the non-woven fabric and plants are planted in them.


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