Landscape fabric between berry rows?

dirtslinger2(6)May 18, 2012

I've got a half acre or mixed berries planted, all in rows of annually mulched raised beds.

As this is a lot of work I am hoping to simplify maintenance a bit. Plan was to mow but the grass is encroaching the berries much faster than I can manage it.

Would the heat generated from black fabric harm berries (blueberries/gooseberries/blackberries/currants etc etc)?

Any other issue you can think of? I figured on covering the ground in between rows, plus a swath all the way around the plot- but leaving rows exposed to allow mulch to be added. Just pegging it down and hoping the wind doesn't rip it up.

I don't like the idea of plastics or fabrics in the garden, but at least this breathes. Thanks.

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The problem I've had with landscape fabric is that weeds start growing on top of it and through it. I have one heavy-duty piece that covers one pathway, and each spring for four years I've ripped it up and flipped it over.

The plan that's emerged for us over a period of years is grass/clover mix in wide corridors, and deep sawdust/wood chip mulch for the berries and fruit trees. The few weeds that come up through the mulch get well trampled during picking season.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 8:08AM
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Are they growing on top of fabric even without mulch placed over it?

We've got a very unique situation here where weed seeds come in by the millions all the time, and if grass/clover are grown in between rows these weeds are tough enough to establish within and spread over in no time.
Hoped fabric could cut that back.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 9:33AM
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