I am building an access road across my farm now and being a government grant it is required. I tried to fight them, but to no avail. Still even the Soil Engineer admitted that another road this one intersects with is "one of the best in the county". We built that using the old fashioned stuff...rock.
At one point the ditch of my new road makes a 90 degree corner which is not good for erosion. The soil engineer was worried the water would slam into my old road and "blow it out". I told her not the way we built it. We laid in 4 feet of rock some as big as washing machines as the sub-base of the road. Nothing is going to blow that out. But if we had built it to government specifications, it would because they require 4 inch rock and smaller and geofabric.
To answer the question though, I think the best way is to stop putting it down to begin with. It should NOT be part of regulatory compliance.
Location: kent, washington
posted 3 years ago
The garden I am regenerating is full of it! Would it be harmful to use it as a filler in a herb spiral?
My property had two different kinds of landscaping fabric when I first moved in. There was a black rubbery mesh-like fabric with little holes in it. And there was a grey fabric that was more solid. The back rubbery stuff came up much easier, as tree roots didn't get to tangled up in it.
But the grey stuff . . . the grey stuff is from hell. It goes down almost like paper. It's got a smooth texture and it cuts like craft paper or some sort of thicker fabric. But once its been in the ground for a couple of years, it starts to delaminate. It doesn't rot away, but it gets soft and turns into a big mess of fibers. So when you uncover it and try to pull it up, it's like a giant spider web of grey tangled fibers. You pull and pull and pull and the stuff just keeps coming up. Tree roots tangle themselves into it. It's just a nightmare to try to get all of it.
NEVER use that crap. Awful.
"The rule of no realm is mine. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, these are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?" Gandolf
I want to try an experiment with the landscaping fabric common around here, where I put Oyster mushroom-inoculated substrate into a bag sewn from said landscaping fabric. As was the case with the person who stored supposedly spent oyster mushroom substrate in hanging plastic bags in a humid mudroom and found the plastic bags being eaten by fungi, I wish to have that happen with landscaping fabric.
I don't think it's that unlikely. The compositions are probably roughly similar, insofar as fungi are concerned, and the fact that root hairs readily tangle in the mess only means more surface area for mushroom habitation.
Does anyone have any information about the breakdown of landscaping cloth or any other similar petroleum-based material by fungi?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit