Easy to cut and install. This particular fabric starts out with a woven piece of fabric like Stronghold ground cover, then the non-woven (fuzzy) material is added to increase water permeability. Heat sealing the edges prevents the fabric from fraying or unraveling. Since the fibers are synthetic and not natural, the material resists rotting and degradation. The black woven needle-punched fabric offers excellent strength and toughness with a high degree of UV resistance. Air and water flow through easily while weed growth is severely restricted. The black color prevents light penetration and the needle punching method of fabrication provides stability on slopes. Color stripes 12″ apart allow for easy plant spacing and alignment. In most applications, the fabric should be placed fuzzy side down. This is especially true if weed control and soil stabilization are the primary goals. If mulch is to be used over the top of the fabric, place the fuzzy side up to help hold onto the mulch.