“Nothing…goes under a bunk bed.”
A Redditor who asked a seemingly simple question was met with stern warnings.
The poster asked if they could deploy a specific product to help prevent grass encroachment in their garden.
“Just wondering if anyone has used landscape fabric under a raised bed and if it works well or causes any problems,” they wrote. “I have a weirdo Bermuda grass that has invaded another raised bed despite my best efforts and I am trying to avoid that situation again.”
One commentator said that would be a “huge” mistake.
“Eventually, weeds and grass grow through it and get tangled in the fabric when you try to pull it out,” they continued. “I like to lay down a layer of cardboard and then put newspaper on top of the cardboard and then cover it with whatever kind of mulch you want. This really helps reduce weeds and will biodegrade. In the spring, I add more to areas that look like they might need updating.”
Another person who voted “Don’t do it” wrote: “Landscape fabrics are petroleum products. They break down and release what they know into your soil nutrients.”
Another response included “Nothing except cardboard goes under a bunk bed.”
One user who tried the same tactic advised: “It’s been helping for about a year. But now there’s a lot of Bermuda grass getting into my beds despite the texture of the landscape. This stuff is relentless!”
Landscape fabric is basically a marketing ploy. It does not kill or prevent weeds, those who have witnessed threat management maintenance confirm.
But you don’t have to resort to chemical herbicides to control weeds, either.
As one of the commenters above pointed out, you can kill weeds or grass using solutions that contain vinegar or salt.
“Don’t use it near anything you don’t want to kill!” Beware.
Boiling water, baking soda, mulch, and other options are also effective and keep environments clean and toxin-free.
In this case, the invasive grass was close to or perhaps even in the raised beds, so cardboard suggestions worked best. As long as you don’t use shiny cardboard, it will decompose and add organic matter to the soil. The worms will love it, and other wildlife can come too.
Whether your garden is full of locally grown foods or a beautiful oasis that boosts your health, you can encourage pollinators to visit it by planting native, flowering species. The more options you provide for local fauna, the more you can increase biodiversity.
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