I'm glad y'all are discussing the landscape fabric. It has been interesting to watch the discussion from those who have used it. I struggled with it (long ago) and always thought it was because I bought the cheapest available. That likely did contribute to struggles too, but this discussion y'all are having make me wonder if it is what we really do want to try again.

The area that we are considering it for has a great many problems to be addressed. Most of them stem from water runoff that has eroded more and more, as tends to happen when water flows through your property. It's a tangled mess but we are for sure going to build the ground level back up again, for starters. We were thinking this fabric might be a help to keep it from washing out again. We intend to buy rock for the length of the problem area. It is much too shady (now) to grow anything.