The best anti-root fabric for controlling weeds

Queeny de Haan

DuPont™ Plantex® Gold is an anti-root fabric especially designed to control weeds. To demonstrate the resistance of DuPont™ Plantex® Gold to weed roots, we took up the ultimate challenge: “the lupine test performed by KIWA”.

Why did we take up this challenge?
We warrant the high quality of DuPont™ Plantex® Gold for 25 years*. To prove how resistant this root control fabric is to weeds, we opted for the lupine test. The lupine seeds used in this test are employed in agriculture to strengthen the soil because of their pervasive root systems.

Who is KIWA?
KIWA are an independent test location that belongs to the top 20 of companies in the field of testing, inspection and certification. In KIWA’s independent high-tech test labs products are tested according to local and international rules and regulations.

The lupine test
For the lupine test KIWA planted lupine seeds in a test setup with DuPont™ Plantex® Gold weed control fabric, allowing them a growth period of six weeks. The fact that the penetrating roots of the lupine seeds did not manage to breach the DuPont™ Plantex® Gold in that time, confirms its capacity as a root guard and weed controller.

As the illustration shows, the anti-root fabric has remained unbreached after the 6-week growth period.

What makes DuPont™ Plantex® Gold so special?
The patented production technique is what makes DuPont™ Plantex® Gold so special. Contrary to other cloths and fabrics that are employed to guard against weeds, think of ground covers, (anti-) root cloth or strip weave, DuPont™ Plantex® Gold is a thermally bonded fabric with a continuous structure. This structure ensures that the fabric has an excellent permeability to water, air and nutrients. These qualities also guarantee the protection of microorganisms under the DuPont™ Plantex® Gold root control fabric. In this way both the quality and the quantity of the crop are raised.

The lupine test has confirmed DuPont™ Plantex® Gold’s capacity to control weeds. Thanks to the special patented structure of this fabric, roots cannot nestle, so that weeds have no chance. Contrary to other anti-root cloths and fabrics DuPont™ Plantex® Gold’s structure provides an excellent permeability to water and air. As a consequence, sufficient nutrients are let through to ensure the health of the microorganisms under the fabric. In short, DuPont™ Plantex® Gold is the root control fabric to use against weeds!

*with a closed covering of at least 5 cm.