What is a Weed Membrane?
There is nothing rocket science about a weed control membrane. It’s just a sheet of material that covers bare soil whilst letting water and nutrients pass through which inhibits the growth of garden weeds. Planting can then be made through slits made.
Easily cut with pair of garden scissors (just don’t use your best ones) and held onto the soil with plastic or metal pegs, a membrane is great at preventing those weeds from taking hold.
All weeds start off as a seed and are normally blown into your garden with the wind. Seeds can also lay dormant in garden soil for years only to appear as weeds, jump into growth and smother your plants once the soil has been cultivated.
Our Recommended Best Weed Membrane for Preventing Weeds
|GroundMaster 1m x 10m Water Permeable Membrane||10 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Elixir Gardens ® 1m x 25m Ground Cover Membrane Water Permeable||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|GardenMate 1m x 50m Heavy Duty Weed Control Fabric Water Permeable||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 1 x 50m Membrane 125gsm Gold-Line extra heavy duty||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|GroundMaster 2m x 10m 100gsm Water Permeable Membrane||20 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Elixir Gardens ® Heavy Duty Weed Membrane (2m x 25m + 50 Pegs) Water Permeable||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Elixir Gardens ® 2m x 50m Ground Cover Membrane (2m x 25m + 50 Pegs)||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 2 x 50m 125gsm Gold Line Extra Heavy Duty Weed Membrne||100 Sq.m||Buy On Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 2 x 100m 125gsm Water Permeable Weed Control Membrane||200 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|GroundMaster 3m x 10m Heavy Duty Weed Membrane Water Permeable||30 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 3m x 30m Heavy Duty 100g Weed Control Membrane||90 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 3m x 50m 100g Weed Control Membrane||150 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 125gsm 4 x 10 Weed Control Membrane||40 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 125gsm 4 x 25m Gold-Line extra heavy duty membrane||100 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|GroundMaster 4m x 50m 100gsm Weed Membrane Water Permeable||200 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Pro-Tec 125gsm Gold-Line 4 x 100m Heavy Duty Membrane||400 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|Elixir Gardens ® 5m x 10m Weed Control Ground Cover Membrane||50 Sq.m||Buy on Amazon|
|GroundMaster 2m x 10m Heavy Duty Weed Control Fabric Ground Cover Membrane||editable||Buy on Amazon|
Different Types of Weed Membrane to Prevent Weed Growth
For home owners, gardeners and landscapers there are two different types of weed barrier available. Fabric and woven geotextile. Geotextile being the more robust, and durable of either . Both types allow water and nutrients to pass through and stop weeds from growing in the garden.
Landscape fabric membranes for weeds
Weed control fabric is the most economical of the two types. Made from fabric that feels like felt.
The thickness of the barrier is sold referring to its gsm. The heavier the gsm the better it will be at suppressing weeds.
These weed membranes have a shorter life span and are not as durable as the geotextile landscaping barriers .
In our experience expect between 3-5 years before the fabric needs replacing. All being said we have listed our best weed control fabric on our list of best membranes.
Geotex Weed Membranes
If your budget allows and you want a best permanent weed suppressing solution then we recommend a woven geotex membrane. Like the previous version, these heavyweight weed membranes allow rain water to permeate through but block all light from the soil below to stop weeds growing.
How To Use Weed Membranes Properly
Installation is simple enough for most to perform in the garden without calling in the professionals. Either membrane is sold as roll with different sizes.
Simply clear the soil, proposed garden path or under new garden decking of all existing weeds and level the soil as much as possible.
Laying it out for installation.
Unroll the membrane on the soil. With a sharp pair of scissors cut the membrane to length. Best to secure any overlaps by 10cm and secure the membrane down with pegs.
Planting through the weed membrane.
Planting through a weed membrane is simple. Cut an X with a Stanley knife, fold back edges and plant in the space made.
A membrane is better suited for a shrub border and under gravel, decking, paths and front gardens to prevent weeds.
What To Put On-Top of Weed Membrane to Make it More Attractive
It is best practice once you have installed your garden weed membrane and it is help securely down with membrane pegs to put a generous layer of landscaping bark on top of the membrane (not soil).
This weighs the membrane down stops it lifting in high winds, makes the garden look attractive and shows the planting off to its best.