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Landscape fabric does not allow water through

Posted by yam2006 Texas (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 7, 08 at 19:13

I applied Vigoro landscape fabric to a large planter. The next day I noticed standing puddles of water all over the fabric where the sprinkler system had run. Over the course of the day, the puddles remained there.

The landscape fabric claims to be water permeable. Am I doing something wrong? This fabric is completely useless if it is waterproof!

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RE: Landscape fabric does not allow water through

If it's not water permeable, then it will also resist the exchange of soil and atmospheric gases. Sounds like a pretty bad deal to me.

RE: Landscape fabric does not allow water through

It is not supposed to be. The ad:

Stops weeds
Lets air and water through
Continuous fibers add strength and puncture resistance
Rough surface helps hold mulch in place

For questions about this product please contact 1-800-327-9462

Here is a link that might be useful: Propagating Perennials

RE: Landscape fabric does not allow water through

That's odd. Why did you use the landscape fabric in a planter - weed control? I would take a photo, yank it out, and return it to the manufacturer, using your photo for evidence if they give you a hard time.

RE: Landscape fabric does not allow water through

I got a reply from Vigoro. They say that the fabric comes from the factory with a waterproof layer, but the layer breaks apart after it is installed (they call this "breaking the surface tension"). I'll keep a close eye on it for the next few days and see what happens.

RE: Landscape fabric does not allow water through

Sounds shaky to me. I"ve always resisted putting in weed barrier fabric for the very reason you describe. Surface tension is the physical properties of a liquid... that statement makes no sense to me.

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