Black plastic visqueen is ideal for garden solarization because it is a strong absorber of sunlight and gets very hot. Garden solarization is the process of completely covering a section of turf with non-porous plastic to prevent anything at all from growing. Furthermore, the extreme heat generated by the black plastic kills any aggressive weeds or rhizomes underneath the plastic. This is helpful in gardening because it allows for a complete 'reset' of a given area and can destroy hard-to-kill weeds like Bishop's weed that multiply under the ground with rhizomes. Solarization is often the only way to kill these kind of aggressive weeds short of replacing the soil. Solarization is also used in farming to decontaminate soil and reduce pests in preparation for planting. Usually 4 mil plastic is sufficient, but if the installation is long-term or subject to harsh weather conditions, you may want to consider 6 mil or 10 mil instead.
Standard 4 mil is our most economical offering of black plastic visqueen. It is often used as a weed barrier in landscaping where total weed prevention is desired. It can also be used for short-term garden solarization (using total cover and solar heat to destroy everything growing in the soil, from aggressive weeds to pests and fungus. It can be used outdoors or indoors as a huge, inexpensive tarp to prevent liquid or dust as a result of messy activities from contaminating surfaces. It can be used to cover and protect outdoor machinery and construction materials in the short term; the dark opacity will prevent others from seeing the contents. Lastly, 4 mil can be used as a dust barrier in installations where hazardous particulate is not a concern and opacity is preferred, such as construction and renovation.
6 mil black visqueen has many of the same uses as 4 mil (weed barrier, temporary protection, economical tarp) but offers more strength and long-term durability. For example, a weed barrier in a climate with harsh winters would need the strength of 6 mil to resist splitting and wear. Temporary protection during a storm, winter, or long-term storage would be better with the extra thickness of 6 mil. Additionally, 6 mil is strong enough to be used as a dust barrier in abatement situations when an opaque barrier is desired. It is also strong enough to be as as a vapor barrier in concrete slab. Carefully judge the scope of your project to determine whether the price difference between 4 mil and 6 mil puts your project at risk; often, 6 mil is the better choice.
10 mil black plastic sheeting is the strongest we offer (in black) and is used when the installation requires the very best, strongest, and most durable in long-term strength and endurance. Use 10 mil black plastic sheeting for a weed barrier that will last for a very long time and that nothing will penetrate or tear, even with heavy foot traffic or in harsh winters. 10 mil is also commonly used as a vapor barrier for an even more effective seal than 6 mil can offer. Highly dangerous abatement situations such as mold or asbestos may use 10 mil black as a dust barrier. The ominous black color warns others of danger (especially combined with caution tape) while the highly tear-resistant and durable 10 mil thickness provides a solid barrier against the hazardous particulate and spores.
The woven style of black plastic sheeting is used in specific situations where strong but porous material is required. It is regularly used all over the world as a weed barrier when existing plants are meant to remain. The holes created by the weave allow water to pass through to the soil and nurture existing plants, but the weave is tight enough to prevent weeds from growing. When used in this way, it is cut to allow room for existing stems or to reveal soil for new plantings. Very often, it is covered with sod or turf that can grow roots through the weave. Woven visqueen is also highly wind-resistant, making it excellent for use as a scaffolding or as temporary enclosure material where high winds are a concern.
This is the standard in haunted houses all over the US. Fire code requires that the black plastic sheeting that covers haunted house walls be fire proof. Our 4 mil flame retardant / fire proof visqueen meets these parameters and each roll is sent with a fire certificate that attests to its flame retardant test results and quality. Meets or exceeds NFPA 701 test 1, ASTM E-84 and California Title 19 for use in indoor dust barriers, partition curtains, equipment protection, and more.
Once the plastic is laid out and weighed down, you just leave it and let it do its work. Because the dark color stops sunlight from getting to the plants below, most of the plants die off. Grass and annual weeds are the first to go but hardier weeds can take longer. In warmer months it can take as little as two months for the plants underneath to die and rot down. In winter leave the plastic for at least six months.
Black plastic left over the ground kills weeds but it also stops rainwater from penetrating the soil. Keep that in mind when using it around plants that you want to survive since they could die of thirst.
Hello! I am in the process of renovating a home in Los Angeles, and the next big project is the landscaping in the front and back yards. When we purchased the house it was completely overrun with a variety of different mature weeds including crabgrass, dandelions and other invasive weeds. At the recommendation of a landscaper we are using the black plastic technique to get rid of the weeds and start completely from fresh. Another landscaper we consulted with mentioned that the crabgrass is unlikely to be killed off by the sheet mulching, and there does appear to still be weeds growing in some areas underneath the plastic.
Please think about how terrible black plastic looks for the neighbors when you consider using this method. My husband and I have been looking at a sea of black plastic out our living room picture window for almost a full year. We use to have a lovely view. We have planted cypress trees in hopes they will grow quickly to block the unsightly view!
Using polythene sheeting in the garden is perfectly safe. Though polythene could potentially (although very unlikely) leach Bisphenol A in the soil, it has a half-life of less than a day and is not a concern.
Wow. Your garden looks stunning!Ive been thinking about going for the black plastic for a while but couldnt decide because of course petrol is used in the making of it. However, comparing the life of the heavy duty black plastic versus the tractor that plows the field, or even the energy of your own back relentlessly digging out weeds, the plastic is a nice solution.It should hopefully last for years to come, too.
Growing your own vegetables is fun and rewarding, but it takes time and effort. It makes sense to reduce the workload if you can. Black plastic mulch is an effective timesaver in the home vegetable patch, cutting down on the hours you would otherwise spend weeding and watering. However, black plastic has its downsides, too. Before using this material in your garden, weigh the pros and cons.
A layer of black plastic over bare soil raises the soil temperature 3 to 5 degrees F to a depth of between 2 and 6 inches. This means that the growing area warms up earlier in the spring, and the plants can be transplanted earlier. Plant roots grow better in the warm soil, and the plants grow larger, so the benefit of black plastic continues throughout the season. Later on, the vegetables mature and can be harvested earlier.
Vegetable crops need plant nutrients to grow, but heavy rainfall washes away the nutrients that are naturally present in the soil and those supplied via fertilizer. By preventing rain from reaching the soil, black plastic helps to preserve natural and artificial nutrients. A byproduct of this protective effect is reduced soil erosion in areas that the rainfall is so heavy it washes away the soil itself.
Black plastic is easy to apply, provides a beneficial barrier between the plants and the soil, and reduces soil compaction. The plastic simply goes over the surface of the prepared vegetable bed, with the edges weighed down with soil or stones. Black plastic can be used on flat beds and raised beds, and in some areas of the U.S. with long growing seasons, two crops can be grown in the same bed. The plastic usually lasts two years before it begins to break down.
By providing a barrier over the soil, the soil contamination of the plants is reduced, resulting in cleaner vegetables. Additionally, fungal diseases that live in the soil are less likely to come into contact with plant leaves and infect them. Black plastic also reduces soil compaction by removing the need to walk on the soil for regular weed-removing patrols.
Disposing of the material brings more problems. Black plastic decomposes slowly and is not easy to recycle. Before purchasing the material to use on your vegetable patch, contact your local government office to ask about facilities where you can dispose of black plastic. Have a plan in place to dispose of the plastic once its useful life is over.
6 mil plastic is a general purpose film for endless applications. It is used on the construction site and at home for the DIY projects. The versions include: opaque, clear, white/black, fire retardant, anti-static fire retardant, reinforced, and fire retardant reinforced plastic sheeting.
No matter if you are protecting your floors and furniture from paint spills or covering outdoor equipment, this heavy duty plastic sheeting can handle the job. Constructed out of black polyethylene, it can cover up to 4,000 square feet. This plastic sheeting is 6 mm thick and can be used for indoor or outdoor applications.
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