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How to Use Ground Cloth for Weed Control

By Pamela Gardapee ; Updated September 21, 2017

Ground cloth can help you control the weeds in a gravel driveway or garden area. The fabric is made to endure the elements and prevent weeds from getting light, which they need to grow. The fabric must be strong enough so that weeds cannot break through the material.

Test the fabric to make sure it is strong enough to stand up to weeds. Try to stick your finger through the material. If your finger goes through easily, the cloth is not strong enough. Test several different types of cloth until you find one that your finger cannot penetrate.

Remove all weeds in the area with a weed whacker.

Roll out the material from one end of your garden to the other. Cut it to fit with scissors.

Overlap the first fabric by 1 inch and roll out another line. Repeat until the area is fully covered. Overlapping prevents weeds from growing through the rows.

Spread rubber or wood mulch to block out all sun. For driveways or other areas, use gravel to block out the sun. Place at least 1 to 2 inches of mulch or gravel over the ground cloth for a thick sun blocker.


Things You Will Need

  • Weed-control cloth
  • Gravel
  • Mulch
  • Weed whacker


  • If any weeds start to show, pour boiling water over them to kill them. If they are growing in a driveway or non garden area, pour vinegar on the weeds to kill them and sterilize the soil to stop growth.
  • If using the cloth in a flower garden, make an "X" the size of the plant in the fabric where the plant stem. Spread mulch around the plant.

About the Author


Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.