Sometimes garden maintenance seems never-ending. Weeding, mulching, watering… not to mention constant repairs to areas that are prone to erosion… These jobs are laborious and mundane, and so often it seems that nobody notices unless they aren’t done!
We get it: these jobs ain’t fun. And that’s why many successful gardeners opt to use landscape netting to help reduce the time spent on these jobs.
So what is landscape netting?
The term ‘landscape netting’ covers a fairly wide range of products used in the gardening/landscaping world. But before we go too far, let’s get one thing straight: in this article, we’re not talking about plastic sheeting. We’re talking about woven textile material that is laid over the ground. It is commonly used to assist with weed control, although its uses extend far beyond that. Soil erosion, water retention, and filtration are a few other benefits provided by landscape netting. These fabrics are available in a wide range of materials, with varying strengths, light penetration and UV ratings for different applications.
Keeping Weeds Away
Weeds are one of the avid gardener’s worst enemies. Especially when they’re in hard-to-reach places such as under patios and decks! Landscapers often use landscape netting as a weed barrier in such situations: it helps keep the weeds at bay by restricting the amount of light reaching the soil while still allowing air and moisture in. Obviously, the finer the weave, the better the weed suppression, however, it’s important that moisture and air can still freely pass through the mesh. If air and water are unable to pass through, the soil beneath the netting will become nutrient deficient and overly dry.
Netting is commonly used as a natural separation barrier between landscaping mediums. For example, it may be laid between layers of rock and soil to prevent rocks bedding down and disappearing into the dirt. By allowing water and nutrients to freely pass through it, the landscape netting successfully keeps elements where they ought to be, without interfering too much with nature.
Jute mesh is an open weave product which is commonly used to help with soil erosion, especially on sloped surfaces. The product comprises an open weave, allowing grass and plants to grow up through it, yet providing enough stability to the soil while the natural vegetation gets established. Eventually, it will decompose, presenting no threat to the environment at all.
Using landscape netting can assist with water retention in dry climates. This layer acts somewhat as a barrier because although some air passes through it, it reduces the amount of water evaporation from the soil. Results: aids the establishment of vegetation and reduces watering costs.
The team at Greener Lawns understand the benefits of using landscape netting for your gardening projects. And we’re always willing to share our experience and top tips with you! Give us a call today on 1800 473 363 and chat with one of our staff.