landscape fabric alternative

Old 03-08-02, 07:02 AM
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Does anyone know if it is ok to use tar paper instead of landscaping fabric? I know it is cheaper and readily available. Has anyone tried it?
Old 03-08-02, 01:22 PM
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Welcome loulou

I think Fred has used roofing felt, but best to let him tell you about it - if I don't see him posting back here in the next few days, will have to try to alert him to your query

Old 03-08-02, 01:37 PM
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Hey, I'm here now....... Just off the golf course.
Roofing felt (tarpaper) works pretty well. Weeds will not come up through it. It's more for a permanent type cover for mulch, but I certainly have poked through it for some specimen plants or fruit tree plantings. Water run-off will find a way around it, so I rarely have to poke holes in it. I overlap it about 4 to 6 inches. It is certainly worth a try. And the price is right for a roll of the stuff.

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