I thought I'd pass this little tid bit along and see if anyone else has tried it. I hate to pull weeds in the garden. I've used the hoe but you still gota pull some around the plants sometime or another. The last 3 years in my garden, I've been laying down that black landscape fabric on top of my garden. Just cut a hole where you want to put your plants in and wa-la, weed free for the most part. It lets the rain water and air pass thru. I love it and since there are no weed to take any nutriants away from the plants, they grow like mad. The black color also warms the soil faster. I do have a small garden 15x30 and cover the entire surface but for large ones, you could cut the fabric in half long ways and just lay it down for the runs. Cosat me about 6 bucks for the entire garden. In the fall when this stuff is on clearanced, I buy for next years garden. To hold it down, I save back a small of dirt and use a shovel to put a little dirt along the seams so the wind doesn't blow it around, First year used the wire hold downs and it was a pain so just put a trail of dirt on the seams now.