Acorn Mulching Weed Control Mats

   
 
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Our Tubex range of mulching weed control fabrics offer thorough weed control around newly-planted trees and shrubs and is vital to reduce moisture, stress and competition. Although herbicides can provide weed-free conditions, mulching with sheet materials (Mulch Mats or mulching fabric rolls) also promotes both survival and growth by restricting water loss and increasing soil temperature.

Mulch mats are available in three photodegradable materials: woven polypropylene, spun-bonded polypropylene and polythene mulching mats, in two biodegradable materials: jute/hessian and in a hybrid material: jute with a polythene backing.

The photodegradable mulch mat materials offer a long lasting, cost effective mulching solution, whereas the biodegradable mulch materials provide a more environmentally friendly solution, do not need to be collected up and release nitrogen and other beneficial elements into the soil as they rot.

Mulching mat
Mulching materials
Jute Mulch mat
 
A large range of mulching materials available
 


Anchoring

All Treespats® must be firmly anchored in place. The polypropylenes and jutes can be conveniently anchored down using either our plastic or steel pegs. The lower cost plastic peg, which has 4 pairs of barbs, is generally preferred, but the steel peg may be better on stony ground.

The number of anchoring pegs needed per mulch mat depends on the size of the mat and the exposure of the site. If pegs are the only means of anchoring, we recommend four for the standard square, five for the standard Treespat®, eight for the large square and nine for the large Treespat®. We would recommend using a peg every 1/2 metre on mulching sheets.
 
Plastic Anchoring pegs and metal pins


Squares - Mulch Mats

As their name suggests these mulch mats are squares of material with a slit cut in the middle, enabling them to be placed over the top of small single stemmed plants . The slit in the muclh mat can also be cut to one edge for use with larger plants, on request. 
 

Treespats® Treespats® are a patented design of mulch mats, with an sewn overlapped section running from the middle to one edge. This makes them easier to fit, and provides better weed control.

Woven mulch mats
Jute Treespat mulching mat
 
Woven - Polypropylene Mulch Mat
Jute Treespat® mulching mat
 


Photodegradable Materials


Polythene is widely accepted as an effective and low-cost mulching material and is normally anchored by being buried along its edges.

Spun-bonded Polypropylene is water permeable, and unlike woven polypropylene its edges will not fray when cut, however it must not be allowed to flap.

Woven Polypropylene is probably the best photodegradable material we offer. It is water permeable, easily pegged and much stronger than either polythene or spun-bonded polypropylene.

Material
Polyethylene
Spunbonded Polypropylene
Woven Polypropylene
Sizes
50cm², 60cm² or 1m²
50cm² or 1m²
50cm² or 1m²
Permeable
No
Yes
Yes
Thickness
125mu (500 gauge)
60g/m²
100-110g/m²
Life Span
Approx 3 years
Approx. 5 years
Approx. 7 years
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Biodegradable Materials


Jute/Hessian - made from a mixture of recycled jute and cashmere hair, needled onto a hessian backing. As the material degrades nitrogen and other beneficial elements are released to benefit the growing plants. Should be pegged, as burying will stimulate rotting.

Hybrid Jute - made from a mixture of recycled jute and cashmere hair, needled onto a polythene backing. As with the jute product, it should be pegged, rather than buried, to prevent accelerated degradation.
 

Material
Jute / Hessian
Hybrid Jute
Sizes
50cm² or 1m²
50cm² or 1m²
Permeable
Yes
Yes
Thickness
575g/m² (+/- 10%)
450g/m² (+/- 10%)
Life Span
Approx 2-3 seasons
Approx 2-3 seasons
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N.B. jute and hybrid jute can be damaged by birds seeking nesting materials


Mulching Rolls

Muching materials supplied on rolls

Material
Polyethylene
Woven Polypropylene
Spunbonded Polypropylene
Jute & Hybrid Jute
Colour
Black
Black
Black
Buff
Roll Width
1m
1m
1m
1m
Roll Length
100m or 200m
100m
100m
25m
Thickness
125mu (500 gauge)
100 to 110g/m²
60g/m²
575g/m², 450g/m²
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N.B. None of these sheet materials will necessarily provide totally weed-free conditions. Some grasses, for example, may penetrate even woven polypropylene mats.


You may also be interested in our other products within our Tubex range. Please click on the links below to find out more :


For more in depth information, please visit our dedicated tree planting website, Acorn Planting Products for Mulch Mats and Fabrics