Combating weeds with jute matting

Combating weeds with jute matting


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Pesky invasive weeds

Whether you are tending to your community, home or workplace garden, you are bound to come across unwanted weed growth.

Weeds have the potential to invade and take over your garden entirely if left unchecked.

Furthermore, weeds cause a wide array of problems many aren’t even aware of, such as:

  • Animal injury
  • Poisoning
  • Hosts or shelter for pests and diseases
  • Allergies
  • Increasing fire hazards
  • Soil erosion

More than just disrupting the aesthetic of your garden, weeds create unnecessary competition for your other fauna and flora.

Weeds can grow faster, outcompete desirable plants and use up precious water, nutrients, sunlight and space.

Pesky invasive weeds

Often, weed growth occurs so fast it can seem like they are growing back just as fast as you are removing them.

Eliminating relentless weed growth can be expensive and exhaustive. And the best method of tackling this issue is prevention.

Benefits of jute matting

With jute matting, weeds will be a problem of the past. It is an organic and eco-friendly geotextile used to protect your garden, trees and shrubs in particular.

The jute matting allows both air and water to pass unimpeded through its construction. The soil beneath it can breathe, promoting the growth of desired plants while reducing evaporation and minimising watering needs.

Jute matting is environmentally friendly and the simplest, safest and most cost-effective method of combating annoying weeds. It also promotes healthy new growth of young trees and shrubs.

Applications of the versatile organic fabric include weed control, erosion control, water retention, landscaping and more.

How to install jute matting

Before installing the jute, make sure that you have all the right equipment at hand. All of which can be found online on our website.

What you will need:

  • Rubber mallet to drive the pins to the ground
  • Shovel to serve as a trench digger
  • BioPin and the applicator – this is a biodegradable alternative (Use 100mm or 150mm)

Alternatively, you can also use U-shaped pins. This is to fasten the mat to the ground. Use the following variations of sizes depending on the sloping terrain:

  • 300mm – for loose and sandy soil
  • 200mm – for undulating slopes
  • 150mm – for flat surfaces

Step 1 – Remove impediments & level the ground

For site preparation, be sure to take out objects such as stones, weeds or scraps. Afterwards, start levelling the ground according to the slope grade you want.

You may need to supplement soil treatments on the surface by distributing fertiliser or soil conditioners depending on the finish you want to achieve.

Step 2 – Excavate and pin

Dig a trench with a recommended depth of 8 inches and a width of 6 inches at the top of the area you have seeded.

After you do this, insert the top edge of the matting into the trench and pin the fabric into the ground using a rubber mallet. Backfill the trench.

Step 3 – Unroll jute matting and backfill

Carefully unroll the jute matting down the slope. Ensure that the top end of the mat is compacted on the trench by backfilling the area you have dug. This will help the erosion control product to be securely held. (See Step 2).

The jute matting should be pinned using three U-shaped pins placed on the right end, centre, and left end of the fabric. It is recommended that you use three pins per square meter to ensure that the material remains fully intact to the ground.

Step 5 – Overlap between geotextiles

When laying the next roll, you have to overlap the ends of the mat across the preceding mat by at least 100mm and pin it into place. Continue doing this with the following rolls.

After the overlapping mats were successfully fastened altogether, spray the jute matting with water. This will help it conform to the land surface to make the planting much more manageable.

Step 6 – Use Terraform for plant growth

You can purchase both Slitted and Non-Slitted Jute Mattings. Non-Slitted jute requires you to cut any slits for planting using scissors or a suitable cutter.

Dig a hole through the cut fabric and pour a teaspoon of Terraform Plant Establisher into the hole. This mixture will facilitate the development of the plant while it grows.

Step 7 – The final touch

Place the plant in the mixture-filled hole.

All Stake Supply also offers various geotextiles such as Advanced Jute Matting which are pre-slit and less flammable. Check out our range of jute matting products, erosion control products, and a wide selection of landscaping supplies on our website.