How to Install Landscape Fabric

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Landscape fabric is one of the easiest ways to keep weeds out of your beautiful garden. Landscaping fabrics are made from woven polypropylene or burlap, and can be installed in your garden beds to prevent unwanted growth, create pathways and flower beds, and even protect your plants from unwanted critters searching for something to snack on.

You can install your own landscape fabric in ten easy steps, but first, make sure you have these gardening tools:

Landscape fabric (woven polypropylene or burlap)
Utility knife
Scissors
Landscape staples
Mulch
Compost
Shovel
Gardening fork
Tiller
Rake

How to Install Landscape Fabric

  1. You want a clean start, so begin by ridding your garden of any existing weeds.
  2. Using your tiller or garden fork, turn your soil. If you’re choosing to use any compost or soil additives, this is the time to add them. You won’t be able to add to the soil once you’ve laid your landscaping fabric.
  3. To smooth the area, use your rake to clear the soil of any extra debri like sticks, rocks, or roots. Dispose of all debris, and then rake over the soil once more.
  4. Lay your roll of fabric down at one end of the garden, and unroll to the desired length.
  5. Now take out your scissors knife. Cut this long piece of fabric so it covers the entire area. You’ll also want to cut additional large sized pieces of fabric. Overlap these extra pieces by 12 inches for added protection against weeds managing to escape through the gaps.
  6. Use your knife to cut slits in the fabric where you already have plants. Place these lit around the base of the plant’s stem.
  7. You don’t want your new garden bed to have unsightly bunches of lumps, so take this time to smooth the cover over your soil.
  8. Push a landscape staple into the fabric every few three or so feet. Make sure you secure all edges as well as the places where two sheets of fabric meet or overlap.
  9. Now you’re ready to place your new plants. Cut an X into the fabric according to your new garden plan. Dig a hole where you’ve placed the X. Now you can place your plant. Cover the exposed roots with extra soil, and place the landscape cover back over the soil.
  10. Once you’ve completed planting all of your new plants, cover the entire landscape fabric with two inches mulch. You want mulch around your plants as well, but be careful not to pile it up against the fragile stems.

Agricultural Textile Qualities

agricultural textile qualitiesAgriculture is the backbone of America. But even agriculture must be held together by an even
smaller backbone: the textile industry. Farmers across the country use textiles on an every day basis to keep their agricultural operations growing strong. Do you know what agricultural textile qualities your fabrics need? Commercial Bag and Supply is proud to serve this industry with custom and wholesale orders of woven polypropylene and burlap.

Why does the agricultural industry need textiles?

Whether it’s woven polypropylene or burlap, your chosen agricultural textile must have certain qualities to keep your farm running strong.

Agricultural Textile Qualities

  • Ability to withstand solar and ultraviolet radiation. Many textiles are installed right after planting or sowing, so the fabric needs to be able to withstand solar radiation of the varying surrounding temperatures. Polypropylene is one textile that’s known for withstanding UV radiation so your plants are protected from harmful light exposure.
  • Is it biodegradable? Burlap is an excellent choice if your agricultural operation requires a biodegradable fabric.
  • Protect from critters. The last thing you want after spending all season planting is to find that stray animals have found your bounty and eaten through what you thought was a protecting fabric covering. When purchasing textiles for agricultural use, make sure it is abrasion resistant.
  • Water absorbent: depending on where and what you’re covering with textiles, you’ll want to check the absorbent ratings of your fabric. Non-woven materials provide a mass per unit area of 15-60 g/㎡ and materials used on embankments or slopes can provide between 100 and 500 g/㎡.
  • Protection from the elements – that seems like an easy one. What’s worse than an agricultural textile that doesn’t do its job? Your textile should aid in creating a micro-climate that balances the temperature and humidity. Your chosen fabric should also be resistant to any microorganisms that might harm your crops.

For other agricultural uses for textiles, or to place your next custom or wholesale order, contact a Commercial Bag and Supply specialist today!

Burlap: Protect Your Plants

You already know that plants will die if they can’t withstand the cold temperatures that come with winter. Uncovered plants can suffer from “winter burn,” which occurs with a combination of winter sunlight and depleted soil moisture. Some people use plastic to wrap their plants, but this actually constricts the airflow of your foliage. Instead, you should use burlap to protect your plants during winter months as it allows the plants to breathe, air can circulate, and heat is not trapped.

What plants need to be covered?

If you live somewhere with mild winter temperatures, you might be able to get away with a thin layer of mulch protecting your plants. Perennials often last, but need protection if they’re planted in poorly drained, soggy soil.

Newly planted trees and shrubs need covering for the first three winters.

Broadleaf evergreen shrubs like azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons all require covering.

Potted plants are extremely susceptible to cold and need several burlap layers to effectively protect the roots.

How to Protect Your Plants With Burlap

Supplies:
-Wooden stakes (3-4/plant)
-Heavy twine
-Burlap
-Scissors/utility knife

Using stakes on any plant wrapped for winter protection is necessary to prevent molding. If a plant is wrapped without stakes, the fluctuating temperatures can cause mold. Using the stake method will keep the burlap from smooshing against the needles, and will prevent you from having the replace the trees come Spring due to molding.

  1. Place the stakes so they’re submerged about 4-5 inches into the ground.
  2. Using twine, tie the stakes together with secure knots.
  3. Wrap enough burlap around the stakes to create a double layer around the tree, shrub, or other plant.
  4. Secure the burlap wrap around the top of the stakes by using more twine.
  5. Cut away the remaining fabric.
  6. Take one more piece of twine and wrap it around the secured burlap to keep it in place.
  7. Tie the last bit of twine around the base of one of your stakes to secure the protective mechanism.

Buy Wholesale Landscape Fabric – Woven Polypropylene vs Burlap

landscape fabricAn easy way to control weeds without chemicals or sprays is by using landscape fabric. It’s usually made with burlap or woven polypropylene. With two choices, how do you know which material to use?

Woven polypropylene is a synthetic material that does not easily decompose. It’s the perfect material for long-term use under mulch. Its tight weave allows for moisture to penetrate. Unlike burlap, are stronger and rot-resistant over time.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, burlap is the way to go. Burlap is a natural fiber made from Jute. The material is strong and biodegradable, so chemicals do not seep into soil. Burlap is typically more resistant to UV deterioration but less so moisture than the woven polypropylene.

Landscape fabric is also used to prevent erosion, walkways, flowerbeds, paths, planting, and landscaping. It’s great to protect your seeds from pesky animals and birds.

At Commercial Bag & Supply, we are able to cut the fabric to any shape or size to meet your needs.  Since we import bulk quantities of both woven polypropylene and burlap, we can supply any commercial or industrial use you might have.  Our cutting room can process quantities from 10 – 10,000; just let us know what you need!

CB&S Wholesale Landscape Fabric

How do you control weeds in your garden? If you’re conscientious about using chemicals or sprays around your home, a landscape fabric is an effective alternative to controlling weeds and other unwanted growth. Fabric for landscaping is typically made from two textiles: woven polypropylene and burlap.

In addition to weed control, landscape fabric can also be used to prevent erosion, as well as create walkways, flowerbeds, and paths. Burlap or woven polypropylene landscape fabrics can also protect your seeds from birds and other animals.

Woven Polypropylene Landscape Fabric

Woven polypropylene does not easily decompose so it’s an ideal material to be placed under mulch for long periods of time. Woven polypropylene offers a tight weave design that allows moisture to penetrate. Many gardeners prefer woven polypropylene to burlap for landscape fabric because it’s stronger and rot resistant, though it’s more costly.

Burlap Landscape Fabric

Burlap is another strong fabric that’s biodegradable and more affordable than woven polypropylene. It’s biodegradable quality prevents chemicals from seeping into the soil, and burlap’s material makeup is more resistant to UV deterioration.

Burlap can also be used to protect your gardens during the colder months. Cold temperatures, sun, and wind are all culprits to injured plants during winter months. Contrary to popular belief, though, low temperatures are actually less damaging to your plants than the fluctuating temperatures.

When exposed to direct sunlight, tree bark can crack. In below freezing temperature, root damage is likely to occur. If root damage does occur, the roots might wilt come spring. Instead of letting your trees brave the winter cold on their own, use a burlap landscape fabric and wrap it around the base of your trees, shrubs, and bushes to prevent undue damage.

Burlap is an ideal fabric for winter protection because it allows enough sun and rain to get to the plant while simultaneously preventing frost and excessive sunlight.

Use burlap landscape fabric to minimize winter damages:

  1. Create an outline for the burlap by driving 3 or 4 stakes into the ground around the plant you want to protect
  2. Cut a piece of burlap large enough to wrap the plant at least twice
  3. Use twine to loosely tie the burlap so it stays in place

You can also wrap burlap around your planter boxes, and secure the fabric with rocks or something similar in weight.

Both burlap and woven polypropylene wholesale landscape fabric from Commercial Bag & Supply can be customized to your exact specifications so no matter what season, your garden is protected. Contact a Commercial Bag & Supply specialist today if you have any questions about landscape fabric for your home garden.

Paving Cover Country

Our Midwestern streets see the destruction of winter weather every year. You’re bound to see a pothole or cracked pavement as you drive down Main Street. What could make those go away, and more importantly, stay away? Commercial Bag & Supply, located right in the heartland of “paving cover country,” has the answer.

paving cover burlapA paving cover is essential for the proper curing of concrete in the Midwest. Traditionally, a paving fabric is placed between layers of new pavement as it’s laid. This fabric, commonly made with burlap, functions as a barrier from water infiltration, and effectively reduces cracking of the new surface layer by absorbing stress.

Even the best flooring design plans can produce cracked concrete. When temperatures drop and precipitation occurs, that wetness is absorbed by the concrete or asphalt. When temperatures reach 18 degrees, concrete freezes. At 35 degrees, the concrete will begin to melt, which starts the process of cracking, pitting, crazing, scaling, and our least favorite – potholes.

Though it is an extra step in the repairing of roads, a paving cover saves cost and time whencustom-burlap-1-576x1024 considering the life-longevity of pavement. A typical pavement overlay may last up to 10 years, or twice that long with the use of a paving cover. Installation costs are just 10-20% of the cost to dig out cracked areas where paving fabrics were not previously used.

Our durable 10 ounce burlap jute fabric can be sewn to almost any length or size. Our talented and trained specialists stitch the burlap together using industrial strength sewing machines right here in our warehouse, so your custom paving cover order can be manufactured quickly and shipped out for near-immediate use.

Let us know how we can be of assistance in your next paving cover project.

 

Custom Design For Your Imagination

Perhaps you’ve had a few late nights of tossing and turning. Your imagination is running wild, and you suddenly think of all the custom textile goods you could be creating to give that special added touch to your home or business. Commercial Bag & Supply is proud to have a team capable of helping you reach your design goals, whatever they might be.

If you’re looking for an original, but not entirely custom design, you might be interested in our burlap coffee bags. These bags are great for storage that doesn’t become an eyesore around the house or office. Each bag offers its own unique design from the original coffee bean grower or roaster. If you do want to design your own bag, we purchase wholesale burlap and can design and sew to your specifications. Some uses for custom burlap orders include:

  • Custom laundry bags
  • Vinyl record covers
  • Single bottle wine gift bags
  • Potato bags (great for Spring gunny sack races! Rep your family name!)
  • Custom Christmas stockings
  • Seasonal placemats
  • Seasonal table-runners
  • Wedding decor

Our cotton is purchased in bulk rolls so we have the opportunity to cut and sew to any design specification you can provide. Perhaps you have the idea to print your company’s logo on any number of products you use around the office or worksite – no problem. Some common uses for our cotton bags include:

  • Casino money bags
  • Bank money bags
  • Seed sample carriers
  • Mail bags
  • Custom tote bags
  • Custom laundry bags

Any of our cotton bags can be made with or without drawstring closures for your ease.

Our large rolls of raw canvas material means endless design opportunities for you. Canvas is a heavy-duty material ideal for outdoor settings including gardening and agricultural work, and even thick, protective clothing so you stay warm and safe when completing your daily tasks in cold weather. Some custom ideas for our canvas material include:

  • Tote bags
  • Laundry bags
  • Toy storage
  • Art projects
  • Placemats
  • Table-runners
  • Pencil/art supply bags
  • Curtains
  • Furniture coverings
  • Wall decor

Whatever your idea might be, Commercial Bag and Supply can help you reach your design vision with skill. Request a quote or drop us a line with your ideas!

Custom Christmas

stockingWith customizable orders of any material, you have the freedom to create holiday decorations you won’t see anywhere else. Choose from canvas, burlap, or cotton, and let your imagination run wild.

When your children rush down the stairs before the sun has even risen, let them find their goodies (or coal) in a brand new burlap stocking you designed just for them. Our burlap is so durable your children will be able to keep their stockings for years and pass them on to your grandchildren.

5333471775_7df987bb69_b Have tiny handprints you want to preserve for years to come? Order strips of canvas, set out crayons, and let your little ones have at it. Stock up on an acrylic paint color of your choice, paint a little hand, and have them stick their imprint right in the center. You’ll have a long-lasting memory of those fun, wintry nights at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and can use them as placemats even when the season is over.

 

No matter what holiday craft you have in mind, Commercial Bag & Supply can help your wintry dreams come true with a customizable order that will last for years to come.

After the Harvest

Moving into the colder months in the Midwest, it’s time to think about how you’ll be storing this year’s harvest. What type of food storage bag is best for your crop? Burlap? Cotton? Woven polypropylene? Whatever material you need, Commercial Bag & Supply is here to provide a customizable option for you. With our bags, food storage is easier and more dependable than ever.

woven-polypropylene-bag-150x150Our woven polypropylene is made from the highest quality, and can even be coated with water resistant gloss to make sure your food stays dry.

burlap_bags_450_fullIf you’re storing coffee, peanuts, dried beans, potatoes, or rice, we suggest our burlap food storage bags. You choose from our 7 ounce or 10 ounce aerial, and we can sew them to any specification you require.

If you’re looking for a lightweight yet strong, breathable fabric, our cotton food bags will work best for storing nuts, cured ham, coffee, and flour.

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Canvas and Burlap Home Goods

After you’ve cleared away the wedding decor, recuperated from the reception, and returned from your honeymoon, you finally walk into your new home but notice something a little…off. The place seems kind of big and empty.

Have no fear – we can help with that! We’re not just going to split after your big day, no way! Commercial Bag and Supply is here to help make your house feel just the way you imagined it would with custom canvas and burlap home goods.

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Whether you’re after that chic rustic feel, or something more prim and proper, our team is looking forward to working on your order.

Here are just a few of the home goods we’ve created in the past, but we’re always up for a new challenge.

 

Canvas Home Goods

  • placemats
  • curtains
  • furniture coverings
  • painting canvas
  • wall decor
  • drop cloths

Burlap Home Goodsdog-bone

  • tote bags
  • wall decor
  • curtains
  • silverware holders
  • decorative pillow cases
  • table cloths

When you’re ready to warm up your home, remember to give us a call!