Monthly Archives: February 2016

3 Reasons You Must Have High Quality Hay Covers

Hay CoverHay covers are, quite simply, the most important thing that any farmer or rancher must have if they are storing hay for any length of time. Here are three reasons that you must have a high quality hay cover or tarp.

1. Avoid Preventable Damage

Wet hay is ruined hay. When hay bales get wet, they don’t just become damp on the outside. The hay stalks act like straws that suck up the water through capillary action, drawing the water deep into the bale. That water stays within the bale of hay, causing mold and toxins to grow. Even if it looks safe on the outside, the middle of the hay bale could be completely unusable.

2. Protect Livestock

Cattle are better equipped to eat hay that has been exposed to moisture than horses, but wet hay is still not good for any type of livestock. Horses in particular can become very sick from the mold that grows in wet hay, and the vet bills can become quite hefty. Wet hay can also grow botulinum, which causes botulism and is potentially fatal. Hay that has been in damp conditions also loses a lot of its nutritional value.

3. Save Money

Because of the damage that occurs when hay becomes wet, it often cannot be sold or used and must be thrown out. If you experience an unexpected rainstorm, that can mean that a lot of your hay becomes unusable if you were not prepared with a high quality hay cover.
Luckily, these problems can be avoided with a high quality hay cover. If you’re looking for the right cover or tarp to store your hay with, please contact us.

Dont Leave All Important, Pond Liner Decisions to the Bitter End

Pond Liner
If youre planning on adding water features to your property this coming year, dont let pond liners be an afterthought. Why? The liners do far more than create an airtight seal and influence maintenance schedules. They also indirectly impact water quality, plant and wildlife health. How so? Lets talk quality first:

Inferior pond liners have a reputation for breaking down in more ways than one. To begin with, they may split, tear or freeze in response to environmental factors. Obviously, that will lead to leaks but it may also result in chemical related damage. For instance, the dyes and chemicals used to manufacture the materials could leach out into the water.

If that happens, the aftereffects may show up immediately or over time. Oftentimes, the list of related effects includes both plant and fish kills. The damage may also extend to amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies and mammals that choose to visit the pond too.

Plus, chemicals added to the pond could work their way through the holes and contaminate the soil or ground water. Examples of toxic pond chemicals include, but are not restricted to bleach, bromides, algaecides and pesticides. Clearly, depending on the extent of the breach, they could unintentionally cause health problems for many living things.

Top quality liners, on the other hand, are less likely to leech, leak, rip, split or freeze. As such, living things that rely on the area for food and water have a better chance of avoiding accidental poisonings. Also, there is traditionally less maintenance issues and flooding problems to deal with as well.

To learn more, please contact us for the most information and best prices on high quality pond liners in the United States. Our top shelf pond liners ship quickly and may be cut to suit a variety of water body dimensions.

Can Your Athletic Field Covers Withstand Winters Full Range of Abuse?

athletic field cover snowAthletic field covers are durable enough to get past being buried underneath of snow and ice. Alas, thats not all theyre likely to come into contact with each year. Theres also road salt, sports equipment and perhaps the edges of wayward snow blowers to deal with throughout the winter. So how should field managers protect them from damage?

Posting signs that identify the athletic field covers boundaries definitely helps to keep damaging foot and machine traffic at bay. Generally, placing warning markers on each corner of the field connected by high-visibility rope or chain should suffice for most urban recreation areas. Rural areas, on the other hand, may require reflectors or dusk-to-dawn lighting to keep people and their machinery off of the fields at night.

As for the road salt, it can be hard to keep it off of athletic field covers; particularly those positioned near parking lots and heavily used thoroughfares. Therefore, it may help to speak with road crews in the area about sodium or chemical free alternatives. Perhaps theyd be willing to switch to products less likely to degrade the covers.

If not, maybe theyd be willing to temporarily defer area road maintenance to athletic field owners. Then the field owners could invest in chemical free solutions and have their in-house team apply them to nearby roadways. If no chemical free products prove to be effective, there is one other solution to consider, specialty covers.

Some athletic field covers are specially treated to resist standard landscape chemicals, including sodium. So they tend to last winter after winter. Many are available for sale alongside of other replacement covers meant to protect recreational areas. Examples include covers for bleacher seats, dug outs, and open ticket booths. To find out more about them and tips for keeping athletic field covers in excellent shape, please contact us.

Protect Your Plants through Winter with a Mesh Canopy

mesh canopyGrowing plants that are able to withstand the harsh weather temperatures that happen where you live is an intelligent homeowner choice as it allows you to enjoy a low-maintenance and a beautiful home at all times. However, you could run into issues when winter weather such as rain or snow gets in the way. If you have most of your garden in a specific area or you have a planter garden, you should think about investing in a mesh canopy to keep your plants protected from harm.

Sunshine Penetration

Although you might not get that much sunshine during wintertime, you should still take advantage of the sunlight as your plants will stay healthier when they get plenty of exposure. Protecting your plants and allowing for sunlight penetration might not sound easy, but using a mesh canopy makes it that way.

Flood Prevention

For potted plants, the holes on the bottom of the pots will do everything they can to prevent rainwater from collecting, but you could still have pools of water that can cause a great deal of harm to your plants when the water is not quickly removed. However, with a mesh canopy, while the rain will still get through because of the mesh design, you will get enough protection to prevent your plants from flooding.

Snow Protection

Snowfall is something else that can happen during wintertime. While it is generally the cold that causes most plants to go dormant or die in the winter, you might have perennials that can handle freezing temperatures. However, these plants may not be able to survive through complete snow coverage. Covering your plants with a mesh canopy will prevent them from getting engulfed in snow.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about our canopies.

Chip Away at Late Winter Yard Work with an Assortment of Vinyl Tarps

vinyl tarpsDuring the winter months, it may seem like Mother Nature is taking a holiday but its not true. Despite the seasonal slowdown, yard work and home maintenance responsibilities continue to pile up. For instance, there are those broken tree limbs that will need to be picked up and gotten rid of before springs arrival. So youll unquestionably need an assortment of vinyl tarps.

Reinforced, vinyl tarps meant to be abrasion and puncture resistant are ideal for disposing of broken tree limbs. Simply spread the vinyl tarp on to the completely or semi-frozen ground and put the discarded limbs on top of it. Then grab the wood-filled, vinyl tarps by the seams or grommets and pull them to a designated location for further processing.

If you plan on running the discarded branches through a wood chipper, be sure to place extra vinyl tarps in front of the machines exit chute. Then position the chute so the chips will fly out and hopefully land on top of the surrounding, vinyl tarps. Afterward, the tarps ends could be folded over to protect the chips from precipitation.

Just remember, in addition to fire starters, theyll make excellent mulch and driveway filler for homes situated in rural areas. So once the chips have dried out, they could be bagged for future use or immediately tossed into the wood stove. Depending on how many pounds of wood chips there are, the vinyl tarps could double as temporary storage aids.

Furthermore, spare vinyl tarps may be used to protect the wood chipper from late season storms and store room debris in between work days. Our staff may be able to help find wood chipper covers for everyones machines as well as other vinyl tarps perfect for December through February yard work projects. To receive courteous, professional assistance, please contact us today.

Is it Necessary to Choose Snow and Wind Rated Canopies for Outdoor Use?

portable garage snowEach year, people talk about how cold it gets outside. Thankfully, Californians dont have to deal with the kind of toe-numbing temperatures found in places like Caribou, Maine and Jackson, Wyoming. They drop so low that The Weather Channel has previously named them two of the most frigid locales in the nation. Even so, all places have their chilly moments and that leads one to ask, Is it necessary to buy snow and wind rated canopies for outdoor use?

Our outdoor shelter experts readily admit that anyone hoping to use canopies year round should definitely take a look at wind and snow ratings. Wind and snow ratings, although not fail safe, will help buyers in places like Gunnison, Colorado and International Falls, Minnesota determine if the canopies theyre interested in will withstand their respective regions brutal winters. Which incidentally, are known to boast temperatures as low as -55 degree Fahrenheit!

Wind ratings for canopies typically take into account how many miles per hour may hit a structure before the material tears away from the frame. Snow load ratings, on the other hand, are normally listed as pounds per square foot. So, they only take into account how much snow may pile on top of the canopy before it gives way. Thus, neither rating takes into account sub-zero temperatures and snow blind conditions.

To ensure that canopies withstand those two elements, buyers should also look at the products UV resistance and thermal capabilities too. Together with the snow and wind ratings, they should give buyers a fairly accurate view of just how tough a canopy is before they invest in one and put it to use in extreme conditions. To learn more about the ratings and find a combination that works for a given region, please contact our outdoor canopy experts today.

Shield Your Belongings From Snow and Ice with Tarps

tarps in snowMany places around the country experienced a pretty mild fall. With less snow and precipitation than usual, you might not be really ready for the winter the way you normally are when the snow comes sooner and freezing temperatures are more prevalent.

It’s not too late to protect your recreational vehicles, sporting goods and outdoor equipment from the elements this winter. Snow and ice have a way of deteriorating certain kinds of outdoor equipment, but simply buying tarps to cover them throughout the winter can mitigate a lot of the damage.

Tarps will protect your belongings from rust and tarnish and keep them running well for another season. Don’t forget that you may want to cover up your outdoor BBQ grill if you won’t be using it during the winter too.

When it comes to purchasing tarps you have a lot of options. Purchasing from an online retailer will give you the maximum selection because online retailers aren’t limited by the square footage in their stores.

You can choose between a vinyl tarp and a canvas tarp. A poly tarp is strong, resistant to tears and provides a layer of UV protection so your belongings are protected from the sun as well as the weather and you won’t have to worry about fading. You can buy a tarp in any dimension you want so you aren’t struggling to make due with more or less tarp than you need

For more information on purchasing high-quality tarps at affordable prices please contact us.