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How Much Do Different Types of Landscape Fabric Cost?

Landscape fabric is extremely beneficial when homeowners are looking for a professional and well-manicured look. One thing to take into consideration when planning a big landscaping project is the overall cost of landscape fabric. Landscape fabric helps to control weeds and serves as a foundation for bushes and plants. By effectively controlling stubborn weeds, homeowners will save time on garden chores, giving them more time to enjoy the beauty of their landscape. When considering the cost of topsoil, plants and excavation, always be sure to calculate the amount of landscape fabric needed to cover the entire area.

The Costs

  • Landscape fabric can cost anywhere from $31.95 to $112.49.


Woven materials allow the water to reach the soil underneath in a more uniform fashion. Often made from polypropylene, it retains a criss-cross pattern. This type of landscaping fabric is an economical choice and preferred to be used with plants that have a root system that spreads. While puncture and tear resistant, it is one of the most breathable choices for plants that have a rapid growing root base. Many homeowners use woven landscape fabric for fast-growing annuals like Cosmos and Impatiens or perennials that spread such as Lavender, Creeping Bellflower and certain types of Hostas. 

Spun landscaping fabric is one of the most durable material types. This bonded fabric has a swirling pattern that is very difficult to shred or tear. Spun fabric is recommended for bushes and around trees. It is important to lay down fabric for both new and existing trees and shrubs. Spun landscape fabric can also be used around borders to help create a barrier between grass and soil. If the homeowner has plants that attract pests and insects, a spun landscaping fabric will help keep most insects at bay as long as the fabric is in good condition and there are minimal gaps. Air and water can still reach the soil, but there is more of a protective barrier against pesky weed growth. Homeowners may find that spun landscape fabric has an average cost of around $10.00 for up to 50 yards.

Perforated landscaping fabric is a lighter-weight material that often has pre-cut holes allowing air and water to penetrate into the soil. This type is recommended in areas where foot traffic is minimal and in annual flower beds that are replaced each spring. Perforated landscape fabric is an economical choice for homeowners who plant a lot of annuals each year. Another option is to use perforated landscape fabric in vegetable gardens and raised beds. This can also keep vegetable invading insects at bay and minimize weed invasion. This also helps with fragile vegetable roots that are susceptible to drought. A good fabric liner will help retain water even with small seedlings.

Advantages of Landscape Fabric

One of the biggest advantages that weekend warriors and avid gardeners see with using landscape fabric is that it saves money. The expense of weeds destroying other valuable plants can be irreplaceable, especially when it comes to heirloom varieties. Spending hundreds of dollars a month on weed control can really throw a budget out of control. By installing landscape fabric at the beginning of the growing season, homeowners can enjoy fruitful plants and trees that are not being invaded by weeds and other pests. Some weeds can be harmful to delicate tree and shrub root systems and prevent the life system from flourishing. Having to replace trees midway through the growing season is also costly. Landscape fabric also helps the soil retain moisture for longer periods of time as opposed to direct exposure. Delicate plant systems that rely on soil nutrients will thrive better in a warm, moist environment provided by the fabric shield.

Another advantage is ordering landscape fabric in bulk. This can really save money in the long run and for future projects. Homeowners can expect to see a huge savings when buying larger quantities or sizes as opposed to smaller rolls of fabric. Most fabric, when left in original packaging, can be stored for several years.

For homeowners who are following a green lifestyle, there are some landscape fabrics that are eco-friendly. This means they are made from materials that are biodegradable over time. It doesn't always mean that the fabric should be left in the ground inevitably, but it does mean that it will break down over time and not have a negative impact on the overall environment. Choosing eco-friendly landscape fabric can cost significantly more than traditional poly-based products. Homeowners who recycle will find that eco-friendly-based fabrics are more easily accepted by most recycle centers and complexes.

Disadvantages of Landscape Fabric

While there are many cost advantages to landscape fabric, there are a few downfalls or disadvantages. Fabric often comes in large rolls, so it can be challenging to use unless the homeowner has measured the area properly before installation. In some cases, the fabric may be bulky or hard to trim. This can be hard if someone has problems with cutting or doesn't have the right tools on hand to finish the job. Making a one-time investment in good cutting shears is essential to save money on overall project costs.

One disadvantage is the removal of the fabric. Most landscape fabric can last up to two to five years on average. More expensive materials may last longer. Gardeners will know it is time for removal when weeds start to peek through holes in the fabric or the soil has difficulty retaining moisture. Plants may suddenly not thrive as well as seasons prior — this could be a definite indication that nutrients are not reaching the plants or they are getting too much water.

There are several things to consider when it comes to the overall costs of landscape fabric. Avoiding really low priced material will help ensure that the fabric will have a longer outdoor life. Keeping within budget includes matching up the right landscape fabric with the type of plants being used. Experimenting with different types of fabric is the only way to achieve long-term weed control.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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