In this guide we’ll take a look at the best weed membranes.
We’ve compared durability, weather resistance, ease of use and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is the Best Weed Membrane?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Extremely effective weed control!
This GardenMate Heavy Duty Weed Control Membrane offers highly effective long-lasting protection against weeds. It covers 10 m²; perfect for under decking, pathways, drives and flowerbeds. Won’t be damaged by sunlight and allows water and nutrients to pass through to the soil.
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More Detailed Weed Membrane Reviews
GardenMate Heavy Duty Weed Control Membrane Review
The GardenMate Membrane is the best weed control membrane on the market. Perfect for use under decking, pathways, drives and flowerbeds, this membrane is highly effective against weeds.
It arrives as a 2 x 5 m sheet which can cover 10 m² squared.
This membrane contains UV inhibitors which means it won’t be damaged by strong sunlight. It’s also breathable and water permeable so that air, water and nutrients can pass through to the soil below.
Made by one of the most reputable garden brands, this membrane is fantastic quality and offers long-lasting protection.
Lita Heavy Duty Weed Control Membrane Review
The Lita Heavy Duty Control Membrane offers long-lasting weed prevention. The heavy duty, durable and sturdy design will provide you with excellent protection against those pesky weeds for a long time.
It comes in a roll of 10 x 1 m which you can cut to size depending on the layout of your garden. It’s fuss-free to cut, and goes down easily.
This weed membrane conserves soil moisture, increases plant growth and prevents unwanted weeds. It’s chemical-free to protect your garden’s ecosystem, with superior permeability to keep the soil nourished while keeping weeds away.
Finally, this membrane works well on a range of areas – including artificial grass, vegetable patches, flower beds and driveways.
Yuzet Heavy Duty Weed Control Fabric Membrane Review
The Yuzet Heavy Duty Fabric Membrane will protect your flower beds, driveways and decking from weeds year after year. Made from a tough woven fabric, this membrane is built to last.
It allows water and nutrients to penetrate through into the soil for a healthy garden.
This membrane contains planting lines to help you plant your flowers in straight lines. Bear in mind that the manufacturer’s advise against leaving it in direct sunlight as the UV rays will degrade the product over time.
It comes as one large 2 x 10 m folded sheet, and it’s exceptionally easy to cut and lay.
GroundMaster Heavy Duty Weed Control Membrane Review
The GroundMaster Weed Control Membrane is another heavy-duty membrane, designed for maximum weed prevention.
Made from seriously strong and durable woven polypropylene, this membrane is guaranteed to last.
Allowing water and nutrients to pass through, this membrane will keep your soil healthy while protecting your pathways, driveways and flower beds from unwanted visitors.
It arrives in a 10 x 1 m strip which you can easily cut according to your needs.
Ansio Weed Control Fabric Membrane Review
The best anti-weed membrane for large areas is the Ansio Weed Control Membrane.
I say it’s the best for large areas because it is available in a range of sizes. You can choose a width of either 1 or 2 m, and then a length of up to 50 m.
On arrival, it can be easily cut with scissors to your preferred measurements for your garden.
This membrane does a brilliant job of protecting your garden from unwanted weeds. The fabric is UV stabilised so it won’t biodegrade if exposed to too much sunlight, and it’s water permeable to help your flowerbeds grow beautifully – weed free!
This membrane is great quality and very easy to lay.
Things to Know Before Buying Weed Membrane
Weed membrane is a piece of ‘fabric’ which is placed on the ground in the garden between plants to stop weeds from growing.
One of the more common weed membrane styles is made from bonded plastic, which is then woven together to create a length of ‘fabric’. This fabric stops weeds by preventing them from getting sunlight, and also stop the spread of weeds in the first place by blocking protecting the soil.
You can cut the membrane to the appropriate size for your flowerbed, driveway or decking.
If you’re new to the weed-preventing world of weed membranes, the following tips will help you make an informed purchase:
There are several benefits to using weed membrane in the garden.
Firstly, if you use it effectively, you won’t have to use another type of weed killer.
This means you can avoid using harmful chemical weed killers. In general, using these chemical weed killers should be avoided as much as possible; whilst they can effectively kill weeds, they can also cause damage to other plants in your garden as well as wildlife. Something I think we’re all keen to avoid!
In addition, weed membrane can help with drainage problems. A permeable weed membrane (one with a woven mesh which allows water through) can help drain excess water. It can also be used cleverly to control and direct water in the garden.
Weed membrane also improves the lifespan of paving. When used under paving slabs, it can stop moisture from damaging the paving. Water-damaged paving slabs often results in cracks.
Weed membrane fabric is also very durable. If you keep it out of direct sunlight you likely won’t have to change it for many years. As a result, it can be a very cost-effective solution to combatting weeds in the garden.
The following steps will help you lay the weed membrane correctly, to most effectively combat against weeds.
- Clear the area – once you’ve chosen the area you wish to cover, make sure it is completely clear. No small plants or weeds, or twigs or stones which could pierce the membrane. If you are covering a patch where there have been a lot of weeds, you may want to spray weed killer (just this one time!) before using the membrane.
- Overlap the membrane – when laying several sheets of membrane, make sure to overlap them at the joins by 10 cm. Weeds might otherwise find their way in.
- Cut holes in the membrane for plants – if you are laying the weed membrane around plants, you may need to cut holes in it to let them poke through. Bear in mind, the more holes you cut in the membrane, the more change you are giving for weeds to come through. So as few as possible, as small as possible, is the best way.
- Secure the membrane – pin the membrane down with stakes or pins. You need to use these to make sure the membrane is as flat and flush to the ground as possible.
- Cover the membrane – ideally you should cover the membrane with gravel, wood chippings, decorative mulch or rocks. Not only will this weigh down the membrane but it will also stop the sun’s UV rays from degrading the fabric.
There are different types of weed membrane depending on what you are looking to achieve. Here are the different types, depending on what you want to use it for:
These ‘weed membrane’ fabrics stop weeds coming up through the soil. They are permeable, so allow water and air to pass through, but won’t allow weeds to grow.
Membranes can also be used vertically to keep roots of plants at bay; to stop them spreading out of a certain area. This works by using a non-permeable membrane as a barrier.
If you have a garden on a slope, you may want to use a membrane which is suitable for a sloping incline. These membranes control weeds and soil erosion. They’ll keep the earth from sliding by essentially securing it in place.
As we’ve seen above, there are a lot of benefits to using weed membrane. But let’s have a proper look at the pros and cons side by side so that you can keep them in mind when choosing the best weed membrane for your situation and garden.
- Will prevent weeds (at least for a period of time)
- Easy to remove weeds that do grow on top of the fabric, if you catch them early
- Control moisture more evenly in the soil
- Even if you cover the membrane with mulch, wood chippings, or gravel, there is a chance weeds will grow in it – seeds dropped by birds onto this surface etc.
- It can hinder soil health. The environment under weed membrane tends to be less populated by worms and beneficial organisms. This may affect the health of your plants if they are nearby and trying to take nutrients from the surrounding soil.
Weed Membrane FAQ
If the membrane has copper inbuilt into it, this can stop snails and slugs from coming near your plants. Slugs and snails don’t like to cross copper because it reacts with their slime and is unpleasant for them.
Yes. If you don’t make sure that your weed membrane is held down securely enough then there is a risk of weeds growing underneath. Naturally, this completely negates the objective, so make sure to get some pins to secure the weed membrane!
- First, ensure you choose the right membrane for the area you are protecting. The best weed membrane will be able to be used in a range of outdoor areas.
- Ensure the space is clear, and consider spraying weed killer before covering the area with the membrane.
- Cut the membrane slightly larger than the area you are protecting; with gaps overlapped by at least 1 cm.
- Secure the fabric according to the instructions, then cut away the excess material.
- Once your membrane is secured, you can lay your flower bed or pathway.
- Cover the membrane with soil, mulch, wood chips or gravel.