Weed Mats for Sale in Gauteng



What is weed mats?



Most weed mats are constructed of plastic or fabric. This method is effective because it blocks the weeds' access to light, effectively starving them to death. In addition to preventing weeds from sprouting through the mat, a high-quality weed mat should allow water and nutrients to drain through to the soil below.

Mulch, sand, gravel, or pine needles are spread over the surface, and then holes are made in the fabric to accommodate existing plants. In a well-maintained garden with the correct installation, weeding should be reduced to a minimum, though this may change over time depending on the type of matting used, the types of grasses present, and other considerations.

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What are weed mats used for?



Weed mats are most useful for their ability to prevent the growth of weeds. Depending on your circumstances, it may be good to purchase a few of them. Their weed-suppressing benefits can be enjoyed for up to six months, making them superior to mulch or straw.

Many homeowners choose to use weed mats when seeding or laying down a new lawn. The heavy cloth prevents any other seeds from germinating in the soil. It's crucial to think about the type of garden you're creating before making a major investment in weed mats.

Consider using a weed mat to shield your plants from nighttime visitors like rabbits, voles, mice, moles, and even antelope if you're cultivating or transplanting in a location with a high likelihood of such visitors.



How to use a weed mat



Use a garden hoe, shovel, or other tool to remove all weeds, grass, and other plant life. Your goal should be to dig down deep enough to reach the weed's root system and pull up the entire thing, dirt and all.

Completely rake the area. Pick up any stray weeds and sweep away any sharp debris. Raked soil should be flat and smooth, so discard the rocks and other debris that have been dislodged.

The landscape fabric should be laid out so that it runs in a direction that is parallel to the long dimension of the area. Using a utility knife that is extremely sharp, cut the material off of the roll as required. If desired, cut the fabric long and trim it later; too much is better than too little.

If more than one row of fabric is required, overlap the pieces by 10cm. Take care to install it with the correct side up as instructed. Stones or other heavy things can be used to temporarily weight down the fabric if needed.

Following the manufacturer's directions, the fabric is typically laid and then slits are cut into it at the desired planting depth. You can alternatively plant shrubs or other plants first and then put the cloth over them, working the slit down to the ground.

An optional final step in installing a garden weed barrier, is to spread an 8cm layer of mulch over the weed barrier cloth to help it retain moisture, improve its aesthetic value, and slow the spread of weeds.

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