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Using Burlap or Polypropylene Tarps for Landscaping Debris

blog1-1Many landscapers have learned the best way to clean-up debris from lawn and flower bed maintenance is having a few tarps on hand. Large jobs can generate loads of grass clippings, trimmings, and leaves in the fall. Hauling the debris means getting it to the truck or trailer. Being quick and efficient allows them to do more jobs in less time.

A 7×7 or 8×10 tarp, either burlap or polypropylene, can easily be loaded up and then bundled or dragged by hand or behind a mowing machine to transfer debris. A supply of 10 tarps can last quite a while and they only cost a few dollars each. They can take repeated abuse and handle heavy weight since they are amazingly durable. One tarp can carry quite a bit on its own, but you can also lay them down and overlap them for more space to pile debris. Four tarps can handle more than 16 bags of lawn clippings in one haul.

Using a single tarp, you can gather all four corners and swing it over your shoulder for carrying it away or dumping it elsewhere on the property. You can also run a thick jute or synthetic rope through the grommets and sling the cordage over your shoulder to drag with you when piling branches and twigs after wind storms. If it’s not loaded too heavily, it can be lifted by grabbing two sides and dumping it into a truck bed using one or two people. They last roughly 2 years if you don’t drag them over concrete. For a couple extra dollars, these tarps can be bought in a heavy-duty weave to take more abuse and have reinforced corners with cords sewn in the outer edge.

In the fall, leaf cleanup time can be cut down by dragging loaded tarps to a pile or carrying them to a trailer for hauling away. Some prefer burlap since it is more environmentally friendly. A tarp left behind to cover compost piles will keep debris in place and biodegrade over time, but polypropylene doesn’t completely biodegrade and won’t rot in moisture. Heavy burlap may be more durable when dragged over driveways, rocks, and stumps while polypropylene is more susceptible to tearing.
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One of the best features of these tarps is that when the are empty they are lightweight and effortlessly carried by hand or you can fit several into an 18-gallon tub for transport. You can’t do that with a 33-gallon trash barrel which would be a typical but bulky alternative.

Tip: The 7X7 tarp works best for grass, but is too small for leaves unless the leaves are wet. The 8X10s are too large for grass since the clipping debris gets too heavy at that volume.

Sometimes the simplest product design and ideas provide the very best solutions at a very reasonable cost. These versatile tarps can move other bulky or heavy items too!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 10:02 am and is filed under All Natural, Burlap, gardening, Go Green, Nursery Horticulture, Nursery Supplies.

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