2.01.2012

OMG the Weeds

It's been just about 6 months since we laid all the weed block fabric, put rocks on top of it and basked in our pergola is done glory

We "splurged" (it was just the slightly more expensive weed block at HD, but by no means costly) for Easy Gardener Commercial Weed Barrier which claims to keep the weeds down for 30 years. Ummm, try less than 3 months




Yup, WEEDS FUCKING EVERYWHERE. Chris and I were totally pissed. It wasn't like we'd forked over any real substantial amount of money (just over $25), but it was really annoying to have bought something that only lasted 1/120'nd its advertised life span.

So we called them and said that we wanted a refund because they're product didn't actually work. They sent me an email on November 17th with an attached form I needed to fill out for them to process. It asked questions like "Describe the area you used the product" and "How did you prepare the area?" and "How soon after preparing the area did you place the fabric?" I was totally annoyed. I wanted to write: YOUR PRODUCT SUCKS: WE TAMPED DOWN DIRT, SPRAYED THE SHIT OUT OF IT WITH ROUND-UP, LAID DOWN THE FABRIC AND PUT 2 INCHES OF ROCKS DOWN AND WITHIN 3 MONTHS THERE WERE WEEDS ALL OVER. I kept it together and filled out the form and emailed it to Chris before I sent it to make sure I wasn't too mean (and I included a picture of when we laid it down and of the weeds now). And we waited. I've had the idea to write this post since then but it wasn't until YESTERDAY that we finally heard back from them, and I wanted to hear a response before I wrote about it. Well, the response is it took them 10 weeks to give us a refund of $26

I'm appreciative that we got the refund even though the amount of effort it took probably wasn't worth $26, but out of principal it was just really disappointing that the product SUCKED SO BAD. So, word to the wise: don't use Easy Gardener Commercial Weed Barrier. And maybe now I need to write to Round-Up too...

10 comments:

Heather said...

No weed block fabric works, unless it's underneath a deck. It also has a nasty habit of not staying where it's supposed to be. I'm sorry :(

meryl rose said...

I find it so lame that companies are able to sell products that don't actually work at all. Bastards. At least we know not to waste our money on this anymore

Jessica said...

Heather's right, weed barrier is pretty much a waste of money. The only time I've ever seen it work is when the person actually used pond liner and not weed barrier. I'm glad they finally got you your refund.

Ethan@OPC said...

I've used a DuPont landscaping fabric and had really good success. I put it down about 8 months ago and since then have only pulled a few weeds that were trying to grow in the mulch on top. I was super skeptical but I hate weeding so I decided to give it a try. So far so good.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I've never found a weed block fabric that worked. If weeds can get through 6 inches of crushed limestone, an inch of sand, and pavers to ruin our patio, I'm sure nothing will stop them.

Robin @ 3 acres & 3000 sf said...

Yeah weed block doesn't work but that's cool that you got a refund from them. Weeds will grow anywhere. Also Round-up is supposed to become neutral once it enters the soil or it would enter the ground water and kill all amphibians and fish that touch it. It needs to be re-applied over and over.

meryl rose said...

Thanks for all the commiserating and words of advice!

Anonymous said...

A neighbor advised me that American Soil sells the best quality weedblocking fabric - not the cheapest of course but given the time it takes to prep and install seems worth it.

Mike -- Chicago, IL. said...

Are you (and the other posters) sure that the weeds are growing through the fabric?

My experience is that new weeds just seed and grow in the gravel above the fabric. Even if you put a few inches of gravel over concrete wouldn't you still grow weeds in the gravel?

meryl rose said...

Oh absolutely they were growing through the fabric. When we pulled the weeds we moved the rocks away to see where the roots were coming from. Even now, two years later we have yet to find a weed block fabric that actually blocks weeds.