Bootstrap Farmer carries heavy-duty, woven, polypropylene plastic ground cover also known as landscape fabric that is UV resistant, porous, and durable. The tightly woven plastic of the Heavy Duty Landscape Fabric works very well as a weed barrier for walkways, in high tunnels, as a greenhouse ground cover fabric, and in-between rows. Bootstrap Farmer offers this heavy-duty landscape fabric in both 4 foot wide white and 6 foot wide black rolls that are 250 feet long.
Should I Use Black or White Landscape Fabric?
We recommend using the white landscape fabric for cut flower growers and other heat-sensitive crops as its reflective capabilities are beneficial for keeping roots cooler. The black and white landscape fabrics are heavy-duty and will provide long-lasting weed control and protection in all applications.
How to Install Landscape Fabric?
Roll out the landscape fabric and secure every 18-24 inches with fabric pins for weed control. Overlap sections by at least 12 inches as you install to ensure adequate coverage. Check out this video for a step-by-step tutorial on this process.
Burning Template Holes into Landscape Fabric
A handheld propane torch works very well for creating holes in greenhouse ground cover fabric. By burning the material instead of cutting it, you get a nice-sized round hole with edges that will not fray. Make sure you are wearing thick flame-resistant gloves for this step and that you have a hose with a sprayer attachment handy to put out stray flames.
Frost blankets are made from spun-bonded polypropylene. The porous design allows air, water, and nutrients to pass through and allows for varying degrees of light transmission.
Frost blankets of 4 oz. weight provide up to 10+ degrees of protection from frost. The thick material only allows for around 40% light transmission. This type of blanket protects cold-hardy crops like brassicas from winter damage. Check out Frost Blanket: How to Use It and When to learn more about this application.
INSECT NETTING FOR PEST PROTECTION
Insect netting is a protective barrier for plants against pests. High-quality insect netting is often the first line of defense against pest pressure. It can also be a tool for containing beneficial insects and pollinators. Read The Importance of Beneficial Insects for Your Greenhouse for more information on what beneficial insects to consider. Mesh netting comes in different sizes to exclude or contain certain insects. Mesh sizes are measured by the number of holes per linear inch of fabric.
Netting should be installed immediately after transplanting or seeding. Install using row cover support hoops or drape directly onto the plants. Be sure to completely seal the netting edges using rocks and soil to prevent gaps. Read Insect Netting for Pest Protectionfor more information on this application.