Posted: 28/07/2013 at 19:14
Weed suppressing membrane has disadvantages. It's very difficult to move plants that are in the wrong place for a start. It creates a very sterile soil environment too....what are the birds going to "peck" on, how will those "nasties" in the soil be controlled, etc. if you want to plant bulbs it's not quite so easy. For experienced gardeners who are sure what plants they want and know they are in the right place, then ok, put down a membrane. But, not for me.
Better to plant out and use organic living mulches. You can change your mind and move plants around, you can tinker with your soil, add fertiliser, plant where you like, enjoy seeing the birds feeding in your soil, etc., etc.,
These membranes are the decking of yesteryear. They add nothing. They will still have weeds growing albeit annual ones usually. Dont use them of you want a garden border....ok for a path but that's all