Do I need weed barrier


Old 03-24-14, 08:41 AM
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Do I need weed barrier

Im removing some rock from the perimeter of my foundation and replacing with wood mulch. There is old plastic and fabric weed barrier under it.... Do I need to replace that or will the mulch suffice?

Keeping runoff out of the basement is also a concern, it doesn't appear to be much of an issue now but I am concerned about removing the plastic and fabric....
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Old 03-24-14, 09:26 AM
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Sheet plastic might help divert water away from the foundation and most weed barrier fabrics will let at least some water through so you might want to keep the plastic if you're concerned about water. As for stopping weeds I don't think any barrier material is 100% effective. Eventually the mulch will decompose and form the perfect growing medium and you'll have weeds growing in the mulch above the barrier.

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