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Tarps are some of the most useful items on the new homestead. They help you manage livestock, weeds, wind, and a host of other issues that come with living off of the land. Tarps can be used and repurposed many times, and they’re relatively lightweight, depending on the strength of the tarp material you choose.
Every homesteader should make use of short-term solutions including tarps to get a head start on projects. Tarps offer you the flexibility you need to accomplish your goals. A few tips on choosing good homesteading tarps follow, along with some ideas for using tarps to meet your needs.
Choose Your Tarps Wisely
Pick vinyl versus polyurethane (PE) as a tarp material if you want the longest-lasting tarps. PE tarps are the crinkly blue ones you see at cookouts and festivals. They don’t last long.
Vinyl tarps are much sturdier. They’re also waterproof, and they offer UV protection that PE tarps can’t match. That means they help you keep moisture and sunlight where you don’t want them.
You’ll find many uses for tarps as your homestead develops. They come in handy to meet all of your basic needs and then some. Just ask survivalists, who will give you a dozen ways to use a tarp.
Use Tarps for Shelter
Having a place to rest safely is a basic need for humans and delicate livestock during bad weather and times of temperature extremes. Tarps and rope may be effectively used to make a fast lean-to for humans, pets, or livestock. Use a tarp to cover the rafters of a barn that needs a roof until that goal is met.
Put tarps to work as covers for kennels, machinery, and building materials. Construct PVC or metal hoop houses over these areas to shelter items. Cover firewood that heats your home, but stack wood on pallets to avoid moisture buildup on logs placed under tarps.
A variety of fasteners on the market will grip tarps and attach to ropes, allowing you to anchor them to trees, stakes, or posts. You can also have grommets placed where you need them to get a taut slope over a shed or cabin porch.
Use Tarps for Food
If you want to choke out weeds in a certain area, all you need is a tarp the size of the space you want to treat. Set the tarp down and anchor it with soil, bricks, or rocks so it stays in place. Within six weeks, all of the weeds should be dead.
If you use a darker tarp, the heat generated under the tarp will also kill weed seedlings. Additionally, earthworms will enjoy the heat, and they in turn provide many benefits for your soil. Now, all you have to do is turn the soil and add amendments and you have a clear garden, orchard, or lawn area to plant.
Tarps are useful as sun-shades that hover a few feet over delicate plants. Some plants—lettuce, tomato, and squash, for example—do poorly when there’s too much afternoon sun. Lettuce may bolt and taste bitter. Cucumber plants fade away and stop producing.
Give them some shade, and they stay healthier and produce food for a longer season. Use UV-blocking tarps for producing mushrooms and giving perennials a necessary period of darkness for cultivation. Tarps also protect plants during freezes if you have a row-cover frame in place over the crops.
The same holds true for livestock. If your cow, sheep, or pig needs a spot of shade in the pen, use a UV-protected tarp to provide it. Your livestock grow and reproduce better when they’re happy and healthy. In winter months, use tarps to cover animal supplies, including round hay bales, wood shavings, and forage.
Use Tarps for Water
Collect rainwater for plants by setting them in containers or hanging tarps, so they create a funnel that spills into a bucket. You can also collect water for livestock with tarps by creating a pond with tarps or angling a tarp to feed rain water into a stock tank. A tarp in a pickup bed can collect rain water to make a decent water source or fun cool-off spot.
Tarps make great enclosures for outdoor bathing and relief areas if you haven’t got these facilities yet. Use boards and branches to create a frame to fit around the outdoor shower or toilet. Use tarps to wrap around the frame.
Cover the top of the frame with netting to act as a vent. A smaller tarp can be used to partially cover the space when it’s pouring or super cold outside. The end of the wraparound tarp is attached to a vertical stick that acts as a door opener and prop so people have privacy until a proper bathroom is built.
Order vinyl tarps from Billboard Tarps in a variety of pre-cut and custom sizes and styles. Our tarps are the sustainable, sturdy choice to help with all of your homesteading adventures.
There are two primary ways hay is wasted when it’s stored long term. If the hay has been improperly baled, cured, or stacked, it will rot quickly. If animals have free access to large bales, they will trample and waste a large percentage of hay. To minimize waste, concentrate your efforts on your storage method and your feeding system.
Store Hay That’s Properly Cured
Start by storing only hay that has a low moisture content. You want hay that measures no more than 15 percent moisture. Any percentage above this reading will give you a corresponding percentage of eventual hay loss, according to one respected rule of thumb.
Large-scale growers normally have their hay batches’ information on file; small hay growers may not. Always ask for the moisture content when you purchase long-term hay for storage, and if the grower doesn’t know, insist that the hay be tested.
A hand-held hygrometer is one solution if you want to know the moisture content of your own or another farmer’s hay. To get the most accurate reading, you’ll need to test a variety of bales from the same field to compensate for windrows that were in the shade, bottomlands, and weedy areas.
Keep the Outer Layer Fresh
When it comes to feeding five-foot-diameter round bales, the outer six-inch layer of the bale makes up one-third of the weight of the entire round bale. The next six inches makes up one fourth of the bale, and so on.
If you allow livestock to trample the outer foot or so of a round bale of this size, you’re wasting half a bale of hay. Use hay rings to feed large numbers of animals, or otherwise portion hay so that animals are not fouling and wasting large amounts of their roughage.
Never leave stored hay bales out in the open or sitting directly on the ground. Losses can reach up to 40 percent when hay has no cover above or ventilation below. Always stack bales on pallets or wood planks that form a lattice.
Cover Hay for More Control
Barns are good for hay. Barns keep losses from rotting to less than 5 percent of the dry weight of properly handled hay. Because of the risk of wet hay spontaneously combusting, however, many farmers choose not to risk storing hay in their barns. Tarps are the second-best solution, and there are several ways to make the hay more secure under tarps.
Expect losses up 10 ten percent when hay is stored under tarps. You’ll minimize these losses by stacking square bales on dry days, buying pre-wrapped round bales, and checking the undersides of tarps for condensation after heavy dews and rains. Use bungee cords, trampoline springs, and other flexible tie-downs to secure tarps from wind gusts and downpours.
When you find excess moisture on the undersides of tarps or on the top layer of hay, try not to worry. Tarps are pulled back and “sunned” to dry them out at the same time the bales are allowed to dry on the outer layer. The tarp gives you control over additional curing of the hay after wet periods.
Make a Ridge Over Hay
A tarp won’t protect your massive stack of hay if the tarp collapses on top of the stack and allows water to pool. Pooled water is forced by gravity to find an easy way over the edge. The melting snow or storm runoff trickles down the bales, soaking hay and making the entire stack vulnerable to mold and spontaneous combustion.
Make a peak for your stack that’s at least one fourth as tall as the stack is wide. If you have a 12-foot square stack, then measure each end and place bales in the center top of the stack. The peak should run end to end and be at least three feet high before the stack is covered with the tarp. This gives an adequate “pitch” to the tarp cover—on both sides—to allow snow and rain to roll away.
Additionally, you can overlap the sides of a square bale stack after you create the peak. Have some of the very topmost side bales jutting out long ways over the side walls of the stack. Balance the bales with another bale set on top of each one. The overlapping bales help to offset the top edge of the tarp so water falls away from the wall of hay.
Check your stack of hay periodically throughout the season. Stay alert for high temperatures, burning odors, moldy smells, and high amounts of dust in hay. If you find a bad bale or two in the stack, remove that hay promptly so the entire pile isn’t ruined.
Whether your raise cattle or elephants, Billboard Tarps offers you hay covers in a full range of sizes that are UV-protected, mildew-resistant, and fitted with three-inch-wide pipe sleeves to securely anchor the tarps over your hay. Contact us today to learn more about our farmer-friendly tarp selection.
In recent years, both homeowners and business owners have started focusing on reducing their environmental impact. While you may know the importance of recycling in the effort to make your home, company, or organization more eco-friendly, you may not be aware of the role that upcycling can play. Specifically, you may not think about how single-purpose items, like billboard advertisements, can be used in other ways.
In this blog, we discuss upcycling, billboard tarps, and how these otherwise wasteful items can be used in innovative and beneficial ways.
What Is Upcycling?
Many items that cannot be recycled or that are difficult to recycle often end up in a landfill after they’re used. Upcycling is a form of reuse where an item that was created to serve a specific purpose is then used for another purpose, usually with little to no modification.
The quintessential example of upcycling is a tractor tire being hung in a tree to function as a swing. In this case, tires can be recycled, but they can be difficult to transport and may require a recycling fee. Upcycling this hypothetical tire keeps the rubber out of the local dump and gives the tire new purpose. Billboard tarps can gain new purpose in a similar way.
What Are Billboard Tarps?
Many people believe that billboard advertisements are created using paint or canvas. However, contemporary billboards are created using durable vinyl tarps with a high-resolution printed image on one side. In most cases, the side without printing is a solid color, usually white.
Once an advertisement has run its course, the billboard tarp is taken down. Tarp upcycling allows these large pieces of non-recyclable vinyl to be reused rather than thrown away.
How Are Billboard Tarps Reused?
Billboard tarps can be used the same way that any other plastic-based tarp would be. Common uses include:
- Agricultural coverings to protect hay, greenhouses, and live plants from the elements
- Drop cloths to catch dust, debris, and paint
- Covers for heavy machinery, including combines and other farming equipment to prevent rust, animal nesting, and other types of damage
- Covers for seasonal vehicle storage, such as for boats and RVs
- Protective floor coverings to reduce the impact and cleanup of sports games, renovations, and other large-scale events
- Tents and overhead coverings for outdoor events, including those held during periods of inclement weather
- Underpinnings for water features such as ponds and pools
These tarps are ideal for residential, commercial, and municipal uses.
What Are the Benefits of Upcycling Billboard Tarps?
While billboard tarps can be used in similar ways to conventional tarps, these vinyl pieces differ in size and shape from the average tarp. These key differences offer benefits to both the user and his or her community, including the four following advantages.
- Cost-Effective Manufacturing
While conventional tarps may be reused by the people who buy them, these plastic sheets can’t be recycled or reused once the user is done with them. This cycle that ends with a landfill means that new plastic tarps have to be manufactured to fill the inventories of hardware stores and similar suppliers, who often pass the cost of manufacturing on to their clients.
Billboard tarps do not have to be newly manufactured. In some cases, these tarps don’t even need alteration before use. This reduced manufacturing effort makes billboard tarps a more cost-effective choice.
- Highly Customizable Products
In addition to billboard tarps being cut down to size when necessary, these vinyl sheets can also be fused together to create a larger tarp. Vinyl also accommodates grommets, simple seams, and other modifications to fit specific purposes.
When you purchase a conventional tarp, you’re restricted to the options available from a specific retailer. When you purchase a billboard tarp, you can get exactly what you need.
- High-Quality End Product
Billboard tarps usually measure 20 millimeters thick, which is 15 millimeters thicker than conventional plastic tarps. This extract thickness makes billboard tarps more durable and better suited for heavy-duty or outdoor uses.
Additionally, most billboard tarps have undergone surface treatments that are intended to limit sun damage. These treatments keep the vinyl from fading, wearing out, or becoming brittle when exposed to UV rays.
- Less Landfill Waste
Billboard tarps can last for 10 years or more. Even after an individual has used the tarp for their business or home, he or she may be able to donate or sell the tarp to a supplier so that the sheet can be used again.
This long reuse cycle reduces the amount of waste created when a billboard is taken down as well as the waste generated by the conventional tarp-manufacturing process.
Whether you need a heavy-duty drop cloth to cover your landscaping during outdoor painting or a protective floor covering for your commercial building, consider choosing an upcycled billboard tarp over a traditional tarp.
A pond is a great way to enhance your landscape. You can relax next to a beautiful oasis filled with fish and plants. Or, you could welcome customers to your place of business with a gorgeous aquatic paradise.
Building a pond takes work, but the end result is well worth it. Here’s how to get started.
From basketball players to dancers to marching bands, many groups walk and jump on your gym floor. Without proper care, your gym floor will become riddled with scratches, dents, and other damage.
You can guard against damage to your gym floor by taking certain precautions. Follow these tips to shield your gym floor from the damage that comes with daily use.