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:
- Create an outline for the burlap by driving 3 or 4 stakes into the ground around the plant you want to protect
- Cut a piece of burlap large enough to wrap the plant at least twice
- 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.
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.
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
- furniture coverings
- painting canvas
- wall decor
- drop cloths
Burlap Home Goods
- tote bags
- wall decor
- silverware holders
- decorative pillow cases
- table cloths
When you’re ready to warm up your home, remember to give us a call!
Do you have a room you’ve been planning to repaint? Ugly wallpaper that needs covering up? When considering your next paint job, take advice from professional painters: use a drop cloth.
But what kind of drop cloth? Pro painters suggest using one of these four cover materials to spread over your floor and furniture to protect them from paint damage.
Canvas – This might be the most popular option when painting thanks the the material’s thick and durable qualities. These covers will last through more than one paint job, so after you’re done, you can roll and store. Spill a bit of paint? Don’t worry, canvas will absorb the paint so it doesn’t stain your floors.
Plastic – Plastic covers offer a variety of thicknesses from .4 mill to 4 mill. The most common thickness of a plastic drop cloth for painting is about .6-1 mill, or approximately the thickness of a trash bag. These cloths are best for covering furniture and cabinetry, and are also popularly used to protect lawns and landscaping in outdoor painting. Unlike canvas cloths, plastic is not absorptive so paint spills will run.
Paper/Poly – These drop cloths combine both paper and poly materials for an inexpensive and disposable covering option. While adding some protection against slipping, these cloths absorb paint drips and protect your furniture and floors. Helpful tip: these cloths rip easily, so try taping down the edges to prevent unnecessary damage.
Paper – Used in smaller, indoor jobs, paper drop cloths are a cost conscious option for covering windows and furniture. These cloths rip easily, so best not to used them to protect floors in larger paint jobs. After you’re finished, just fold up the used paper and throw it away.
More helpful tips for using drop cloths:
- Tape edges of plastic and paper cloths down to prevent sliding
- Use quick-release painter’s tape so you can safely paint down to your floor line
- Make sure to sweep and/0r vacuum floors before laying cloths down so dirt and debris stuck underneath don’t cause damage
- When covering furniture, use masking tape to secure cloths
As gardening season comes around, you may be interested in what materials can help enhance your gardening experience. An inexpensive and cost-conscious material, burlap is one textile that provides multi-purpose services in your garden pre, during, and post planting season.
From seed to blossom, this biodegradable and permeable fabric is the perfect gardening companion. Below you’ll find a list of the various ways burlap can help make your gardening season more cost and time effective.
Alternative Mulch: Burlap’s durable yet permeable nature creates an excellent mulching fabric for your flower or vegetable gardens. In the harvesting areas, you can lay down strips of burlap to help limit the erosion of your soil and to assist with moisture retention.
Direct seeding in mid-Summer: Using burlap for direct seeding helps improve germination rates. Laying strips of burlap down over newly sown seeds will help keep seeds from being washed away during rain storms, and it will also prevent evaporation. Once the seeds have begun to germinate, be sure to remove the burlap.
During the colder months, you can use burlap to help protect some plants like hydrangeas, boxwood, and figs. By taking strips of burlap and wrapping them around your plants, you can provide an extra measure of protection against brutal winter winds and weather conditions.
In addition to weather conditions,wrapping strips of burlap around the trunks of your plants will add an extra layer of protection against pesky nibbling creatures that also take refuge in your garden.
For vegetable gardeners, burlap provides an excellent material for food storage after harvest. Thanks to fabric’s porous quality, burlap bags are an ideal way to store onions and potatoes.
Are you using the same group of rags or towels for everything you do? If so, you might want to continue reading. There are different rags, made from different materials that can best suit your needs. No matter the industry you’re in, you’ve probably come in contact with a shop rag and had to use it to wipe a spill, clean a mess, or dust off a surface.
Commercial Bag & Supply distributes a variety of different shop rags, including:
- Surgical Rag – You can use these towels with water, oil, and grease. Cleaning items will be a breeze and leave little to no lint. They’re very durable and will be able to handle all types of jobs.
- Paper Rag – These all-purpose towels come in all kinds, including: flat, pop-up or roll.
- Polo Shop Rag – Wiping up grease, oil, and other liquids are easy with a polo shop rag.
- Sweatshirt Wiping Rag – A popular rag that is soft to the hands, yet it can handle a big spill.
- Terrycloth Rag – These are one of the more absorbent rags we offer.
- Huck Towel – These towels are used in homes to clean windows and dry dishes. Because of its cotton and lint free material and absorbency, these towels are common in the medical field to clean surgical instruments.
- Thermal Shop Rag – Designed to have a waffle-type weave, these rags are known for its’ softness. The material is often used to for towels, robes, and other products.
- T-shirt Rags – These are typically a cheaper alternative and are reusable and can easily be cleaned in the washer. They’re great for wiping up water, oil, or other liquids.
These various types of shop rags are commonly used to wipe things off such as dirt, water, smudges, and more. The fabric can be cut and colored to meet specific need you might have. They are often a light or medium weight cotton blend with low to no lint. You can choose a rag based on absorbency or softness. Depending on what you’re using these rags for, a rag that is lint free may be more helpful for you. No matter your preference, we can help you determine the best rag for you.
For a detailed description of the types of rags mentioned, visit our shop rags page.
Mesh bags are a common product that you probably see on a daily basis. These bags are made of polypropylene, an environmentally friendly and recyclable material. Mesh bags are made in many sizes and colors, often including a drawstring to keep your items secure and for easy closure.
A common use for a mesh bags is to store produce such as corn and onions. The design allows for these items to breathe and release excess moisture. You can easily see the product through the bag, making it easy to organize your produce when needed. If you’re using a mesh bag to hold other vegetables, they can even be soaked or rinsed while in the mesh bag.
People also store clothing in mesh bags. The bags are great to hold delicate items while doing laundry. In addition, mesh bags are great to have for sock sorting, especially if you’re prone to losing a pair or two. By having a mesh bag for clothing, it makes it easier and more efficient being able to see the items and sort them accordingly.
For the DIY crafter, mesh bags offer all sorts of creative opportunities. Here are a few of our favorite uses for mesh bags.