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Using a Door Screen as Landscape Cloth

Can I use an old door screen for a landscape fabric?

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January 19, 20190 found this helpful

I think you could

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January 19, 20190 found this helpful

You can, but depending on what kind of metal it is, it could rust. We had this happen on a sloped area, and when it rained, rusty water washed down and stained the light color concrete nearby. If this is not your situation, you should be OK. Just be aware of the runoff and where it goes. Also, if you are using it in a flat area, be sure it does not stand up enough to be a tripping hazard if someone is walking through the area. Yes, people aren't supposed to be walking in landscaped areas, but if you are in there weeding or kids who will be kids run into the area to get a ball, you won't want a hazard (or rusty parts that will cause cuts if they fall on it).

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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

If it is an older screen door, it may be made of wire and could rust and it is real easy to nick yourself on the edges.

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Newer screen is made of either fiberglass, plastic or aluminum but any of these may work. One screen door panel will not go very far when thinking about using it for weed control.

Probably the most important thing about something like this is to be sure you prepare your ground before using the barrier.

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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

definitely make sure it is not the older metal variety

if it's the newer plastic kind, that should work well. It is actually a good idea because the mesh is small enough that weeds and stuff you don't want won't go through, but big enough for the water to go through

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