Weed control mat or soil cover is a thin plastic mat used over fertile land for its water-retaining ability and soil compaction problems. Planting trees, perennials, shrubs or grasses in those areas can help prevent erosion. A thick weed mat prevents compacting of the soil. This is important because it makes the nutrients more available for plant growth. Weeds won’t grow in a mat of soil.
How to find Weed control mats
Weed control mats are available in a large variety of colors, patterns, textures and materials. It is important to choose a fabric that will hold up to the elements. Natural rubber is an inexpensive, but durable choice of fabric, and will be weed-resistant, keeping the mat clean and free of debris.
Another choice is to purchase a weed control mat made of polypropylene woven fabric. The woven fabric allows for expansion and contraction as the weather conditions change, offering greater flexibility for use in most areas. Polypropylene is resistant to insects and fungi, making it ideal for the cultivation of plants. These mats may be purchased at garden centers, hardware stores and nurseries. They may also be custom-made, and the customer has the option of a specific color and pattern.