TARP for Gardening

No I’m not referring to the stimulus package here. I’m talking about what possibly could be the most handy tool you ever use for spring gardening – the tarp. As my gardens have grown over the last several years I’ve added many more plants. As all gardeners know with more plants comes more responsibility and more work when spring cleanup comes. All dead growth needs cleaned up, pruned out, and disposed of in a good location – ideally the compost bin. Sadly my wheelbarrow just isn’t up to the task. It would work in a pinch but would require multiple trips back and forth to the compost bin.  The tarp is the simple and easy solution that saves the day!

That one 6’x8′ piece of plastic came in very handy to haul all the garden debris to the back yard for composting, and in one trip. In this case I didn’t actually use an official tarp I used 6mm plastic sheeting that can also be used for row covers. It was easy to slide the plastic tarp with a pile of clippings, prunings, and dead leaves 4′ wide, 3′ high, and 6 feet long across the grass to the very back of the backyard.

TARP definitely saved my gardening today!

New post at Complete Organizing Solutions: 6 Things To Do For Your Spring Garden!

10 thoughts on “TARP for Gardening

  1. Jennifer Frazier

    Why don't I think of these things before I make 1000 trips back and forth with a bucket or wheelbarrow?? I still have some cleaning up to do so I will drag out the trusty TARP tomorrow. Hasn't this spring weather been delightful?

  2. Dave


    I've done the wheelbarrow thing far too many times to count! This weather has been fantastic. I was outside from 12-5 today and never stepped inside – beautiful day!


    That's a bunch of acorns! Sounds like those squirrels will be very well fed. An old shower curtain is perfect!

  3. Christine B.

    We Alaskans have three tarps per man, woman, and child, so I definitely understand your TARP moment in the garden. I recently did a post about men and their blue tarps and it really seemed from the comments like men truly do love a tarp and women, maybe not as much. They are super useful for dragging things around though, as you have shown in your post.

    Christine B.

  4. Forest Garden Girl

    Brilliant suggestion, Dave. I will be breaking out the tarp as soon as the snow (that fell last night) melts off.

    Quick question: In your "6 things to do for your spring garden" article, you mentioned pine straw. I am not familiar with that- could you explain what it is? I garden in a forest and have lots of pine needles at my disposal, is that what you are talking about, or a completely different "pine" straw?

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