You’ve ordered your Garden Tarp. Now What?
Step 1: Choose the ideal location for your Garden Tarp.
Lay your Garden Tarp in your yard and assess the conditions such as which parts are shaded during different times of day and whether you need to increase the angle of the soil for optimum viewing. It is also important to ensure your garden is in an area with adequate drainage.
Step 2: Kill the grass and till the soil.
When time permits, simply secure the tarp to the ground for 6-8 weeks and wait for the grass to die from lack of sunlight. Otherwise, mark out the area and spray with roundup on a calm, windless afternoon.
Till the soil as deep as possible. This will often require multiple passes. Once the tarp is in place, any energy from falling water is absorbed by the tarp instead of being transferred to the soil. This keeps the soil loose for the entire season and helps promote healthy root growth!
Don’t have a tiller? That’s what is so great about Garden Tarp, you don’t need to go out and buy one to maintain your garden all season! Ask a neighbor or local lawn company to help you out!
Step 3: Test and pre-treat the soil. (Optional)
Performing a soil test from a kit at your local hardware store is a great way to ensure you have the best chances for success this growing season.
Your local greenhouse is a tremendous source of information about what corrections are worth making to the soil for the plants you’re trying to grow.
While you’re there, go ahead and buy the plants to plant your garden tarp!
We recommend spreading a time release fertilizer to ensure your plants have the food they need all season long.
Step 4: Secure your Garden Tarp and Plant!
Using the included tent stakes, secure your Garden Tarp as tightly in place as possible by hammering the stakes through the grommets in the hem. Be sure to insert the stakes at an angle to ensure they stay firmly in place all season.
Using your hands, reach through the pockets in your Garden Tarp and pull the loose tilled soil to the side far enough to bury the roots of your plant at least one inch below the soil. Once installed, pull the loose soil back around the plant and press down firmly.
Step 5: Water and Enjoy!
Remove the cap from the end of your garden tarp and plug in your garden hose. Be sure to re-install the cap whenever your hose is not attached.
How long to water each time is dependent on a variety of factors such as which plants you’ve installed, your local soil type and weather conditions. When the plants are young, simply look through the pockets on the side of the plants to get a feel for how dry the soil is.
Rain water will not reach the roots of the plants with the Garden Tarp, however, every drop of water that you use in irrigation goes directly to the plants!
Pro-tip: Potting soil is great for early root growth but terrible at retaining moisture. If left exposed to the air, your root systems will likely dry out! This is why its so important to pull the soil around to completely cover the root ball! This is also a reason why its a good idea to water your plants just prior to installation.