Weeds are the bane everywhere for gardeners and landscapers. In fact, it's probably safe to say that no one is especially taken by them and they can be an utter nightmare to pull up, as anyone who's ever tackled them knows. This is made much trickier-near impossible-when you have several thick decking boards in the way. Weeds need to be pulled up by the roots naturally, but if you can't do that it's almost inevitable you'll see them poking up again between the boards soon.
Weed control cloth, by building an impenetrable barrier between the weeds and your boards, helps to discourage you from having to do this in the first place. People used to do the job with old sheets of plastic, but our weed control fabric was specially designed to allow air, water and nutrients to move through to the soil below, unlike plastic. Although it takes a careful eye to use it effectively in normal gardening, weed control fabric is particularly well suited to where you don't want anything to grow at all-say, right under your decking area, for example!
When used in combination with any form of aggregate, many individuals find that it is most effective; pebbles and wood chippings are common choices for this aggregate. It forms a barrier together that will have difficulty breaking through even the most determined of weeds. That means that before you build your decking, you can lay it down, and then enjoy the area while absolutely comfortable in the knowledge that you will not see any unwanted visitors popping up between the boards.
Weed control fabric's environmental benefits may not be immediate right off the bat, but they make a perfect alternative to herbicides commonly used to get rid of weeds. The thing about herbicides is that they are very indiscriminate, which means that all kinds of plant life can be easily destroyed (as well as the ecosystems that use these plants to live). Landscape fabric gives these potent chemicals a brilliant substitute, since it does not have exactly the same adverse effect on nearby plants and wildlife.
What's more, weed control fabric is notoriously cost-effective, so on finite herbicide containers you would not have to keep shelling out. It's also an ideal long-term solution-it'll be years before you have to think about repairing it or re-laying it after you've laid it down. And you might even be able to expand the timeframe even further because you mount it under your decking!