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!

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.

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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The Right Bag For Food Storage

Dependable food storage is a must when your agricultural operations need to maintain the utmost efficiency. Commercial Bag and Supply is happy to provide customizable food storage bags in a variety of materials to best meet our clients’ needs. With our custom bags made from woven polypropylene, cotton, or burlap, you’ll find food storage to be more dependable and easier than ever. Whether you’re storing potatoes, beans, or rice, we have the right bag for you.

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Woven Polypropylene
Will you be storing heavy crops? If strength is of concern and you want the absolute strongest bags in the market, choose woven polypropylene. We purchase the highest quality woven polypropylene in bulk and then cut it down and sew the bags to your exact dimensions. This material can also be coated with a water resistant gloss to make sure your food stays dry.

Cotton
Clients looking for a lightweight fabric with an ideal strength will want to look into cotton food storage bags. These custom cotton bags are perfect for storing:

  • coffee
  • nuts
  • cured ham
  • flour

Burlap
All our burlap food storage bags are made to order and offer a number of custom enhancements to ensure your food bags meet your specific needs. Your bags can even be printed with your custom logo. Burlap food bags are ideal for storing:

  • coffee
  • peanuts
  • dried beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

If you’re interested in finding out more about our custom food storage bags, or if you’re ready to request a quote, please visit us here.

To Mesh Or Not To Mesh?

Mesh is similar to a web or net, and is most popularly manufactured from connected strands of metal, fiber, and other flexible materials. The three main types and primary uses of mesh include plastic, metal, and clothing. For plastic, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, and PVC are most commonly used. Metal mesh is popularly made from steel or other metals and is used in straining, such as in making tea, or draining pastas. In clothing, mesh is considered a loosely woven or knitted fabric that offers a number of closely spaced holes and is frequently used for athletic jerseys and other clothing.

Mesh’s multi-material manufacturing and woven quality allows the fabric to provide many purposes to the average and specified user. We’ve listed just a few of those purposes below:

  • Metal and nylon wire filters for filtration of unwanted items
  • Wire mesh can be used in creating waste baskets, park benches, and other forms of baskets
  • Wire screens as those on windows and mosquito netting
  • Wire mesh can be used to create guarding and protection for secured areas
  • Woven mesh is a necessary material to the screen printing industry
  • Fencing for poultry and livestock
  • Surgical mesh
  • Humane domestic animal trapping

If you think mesh may be of use to you or your company, read more about our specifications and manufacturing process.

Woven Poly-What?

Woven polypropylene is a multipurpose material that’s commonly used in packaging, textiles, flood and erosion control, levees, and construction. The recyclable, environmentally friendly material is unique in that it’s easily formed and shaped, allowing it to serve numerous purposes.

Woven polypropylene can be broken into two parts: the material and the style of production.

The first polymerized polypropylene occurred in the lab of Phillips Petroleum chemists, Hogan and Banks, in the early 1950s. The mass-commercialization of polypropylene began soon after. Today, the material is the second most important plastic, expected to exceed a revenue of over USD$145 billion by 2019. Polypropylene is most frequently characterized by its chemical, flame, and rot resistance.

When polypropylene threads are woven together, they create a very light but incredibly durable material. This method allows the material to maintain its strength while providing a breathable climate for the contents of your woven polypropylene bags.

Woven polypropylene bags offer a number of advantages:

  • long lasting and reusable
  • naturally tear-resistant
  • better burst strength compared to plastic bags
  • won’t degrade in wet conditions
  • can be laminated to provide added moisture barrier

Woven polypropylene is most commonly used in sandbags for flood control, however they’re incredibly multipurpose thanks in part to their durable and reusable nature. Some of these purposes include traffic control, gravel and aggregates, feed and grain storage, debris removal bags, clothing, and packaging and shipping among others. If you’re interested in how woven polypropylene might be of use to you, or you’d like to request a quote, please visit our contact page.

The Flood Control Staple

When a flood’s about to arrive, so are the sandbags. Over the years, sandbags have been made from a variety of materials, including burlap and polypropylene as well as a few others. Once manufactured, the bags are filled with sand or soil, and placed strategically about a city to prevent more flooding where possible. Volunteers are instructed to build “dikes” or “levees,” and often times, these piles of sandbags will be seen near rivers and bridges for added, and necessary, flood prevention.

Sandbags have been used since the 18th century, when they were traditionally used for military purposes. First more commonly made of burlap, times have progressed and sandbags are now popularly made from polypropylene plastic, and are sent to flood-endangered areas by the thousands. With its history of devastating floods, Iowa and other Midwestern states have many businesses and organizations that volunteer to send sandbags to the affected areas, and citizens band together to fill the bags before the floods hit.

Sandbags have continued to retain their popularity thanks to three main advantages. When preparing for a flood, bags and the sand to fill them are considerably inexpensive, and can easily be brought empty to the site and then filled with sand upon arrival. After the flood has passed, sandbags are easily transported and stored once emptied, though there has been a voiced concern about the possible contamination of the sand from floodwater. In constructing and deconstructing sandbag efforts, it’s of utmost importance that volunteers follow directions, like those in the video we’ve posted below, for the safest and most effective levees and dikes.

 

What can you use Mesh Bags for?

mesh-bag-2Mesh 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.