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Garden Plastic Sheeting - Ultra Thick


SKU MM-HDPE-18-40-100

The Garden Plastic Sheeting - Ultra Thick is a long thick roll of HDPE that is available in various sizes and thicknesses. The thicknesses range from 40 mil to 100 mil ( a mil is a 1,000th of an inch). This product can be used for various applications such as a liner, weed blocker, etc. This sheeting is waterproof, UV resistant, and non-biodegradable.

This plastic sheeting is also resistant to insect and rodent damage, will not rot/mildew and is commercial grade. If not in the direct sunlight, the material lifespan is approximately 100 years.

Note: Our HDPE plastic is only available in roll widths up to 60 inches.

Please note that we are unable to provide custom roll lengths.

Product Info

  • Model: HPDE
  • Material: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Size: Various
  • Free Shipping
  • Need a written quote? Request Online
  • Questions?  Call (800) 604-5537

Product Benefits

  • Waterproof
  • Commercial Grade
  • UV Resistant
  • Non-Biodegradable
  • Will Not Rot or Mildew
  • Resistant to Rodent and Insect Damage
  • 100 Year Material Lifespan
  • Made in the USA


  • All HDPE rolls ship for free (standard ground, see map)
  • Call: (800) 604-5537 for pricing and shipping questions.

    Shipping estimates shown on the map pertain to this specific product only. HDPE orders typically ship same day if the order is placed before 12:00 noon CST. Transit times displayed in the map are listed in business days, and are approximate. Transit times are subject to stock levels at regional warehouses.  The day that the order is shipped is not counted as a transit day.

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    What Product Is The Better Choice For Landscaping – Plastic Or Fabric?

    If you have been thinking about getting landscape material and wonder which is the better product, landscaping fabric or landscaping plastic sheets. As a neighbor maybe you have seen plastic sheets or fabric in your neighbor's garden but have no idea why or what they are used for. We are here to help you find what you need for your landscaping projects.

    First off, you should know the difference between landscaping plastic sheeting and landscaping fabric:

    Plastic sheeting is very popular among gardeners for killing weeds while improving the level of moisture in the soil. Landscape fabric is a woven porous material commonly used to stop the growth of weeds. Both of these materials have their advantages and disadvantages versus the other, under certain circumstances. We will compare the two so you can decide which one is best for your project.

    Hammering Staples in Landscape Fabric

    Stapling Landscape Fabric

    About Landscape Plastic Sheeting

    Landscape plastic sheeting is a continuous thin black sheet of plastic normally used to kill weeds as well as unwanted plants and will hold water in the soil. The plastic is available in various grades. Thicker products (30 mil and greater) are perfect as a drainage ditch liner or to cover an area where there is an aggressive weed problem. These thicker plastics are ideal for areas where there is no desire for weeds or other foliage to grow in the future. Throughout the rest of this article we will be discussing and contrasting the thinner varieties of landscape plastic sheeting to permeable landscape fabric.

    Even though it's inexpensive, the thin plastic sheeting’s quality can make it vulnerable to the outside elements. Landscape plastic sheeting is typically very thin and comes in rolls. It's available at most gardening centers in your area as well as at some online retailers.

    The Advantages of Using Plastic Sheeting

    This sheeting heats up the weeds and unwanted plants beneath the sheeting and kills them off. In order to kill off unwanted weeds and plants, you must have a lot of sunlight and warm temperatures. Therefore, this only works if you live in a warm climate or during the summer months if you plan ahead. Landscape plastic sheeting will need six to eight weeks to kill off weeds and plants. The plastic will cause the soil to warm up until it's too hot for plants or grass to grow and that takes time. When the sheet is placed below the soil, it will stop water from passing through because it will be trapped in the soil above.

    Plastic sheeting can be used to increase the levels of water in soil that is located in dry climates. If you live in a dryer climate and are trying to grow certain plants that require more water, plastic sheeting might be able to help you out.

    You can use plastic sheeting as edging for flower beds and landscape rocks. It's easy to do and inexpensive to add borders in different areas of your garden while controlling the growth of weeds.

    When deciding whether landscape plastic or fabric is right for your garden, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both. That said, what are the advantages of using either one of these materials?

    One of the most outstanding features of using plastic sheeting, it's extremely effective at killing weeds. As long as the weather is warm enough, the plastic will heat up the soil under the weeds. This is a great way to clear areas of weeds growing around your property or maybe along a pathway.

    Finished Backyard Landscaping

    Finished Landscape Project

    It's Affordable – Plastic sheeting is very inexpensive. Because it's so cheap, it's an excellent choice for large areas in and around your garden. If you make a mistake, worry not, you can do it over at a minimal cost.

    Retains Water – If you need to increase the moisture in the soil of your garden, plastic sheeting is the way to go. You can place the sheeting under or on top of the soil around the plants and trap in moisture. This is the best choice for dryer climates. One of the advantages of using plastic sheeting is the health and development of your plants.

    Installling Landscape Fabric with Irrigation

    Irrigation Installed Over Geo Fabric

    Protecting Roots – One of the leading benefits is the level of moisture in the soil for healthy root growth. When there is sufficient water, your plants' roots will grow thicker and longer. Plants will have structural integrity and longevity.

    Easy Installation - When you need to apply the plastic sheeting, simply roll it out over the area and pin it down using pins or heavy objects.

    The Possible Issues - Just like all products, there are some risks you should be aware of before starting to use it. Read through these issues beforehand:

    Will Not Kill Weeds In Cold Weather

    If you cannot count on 6 to 8 weeks or 2 months of direct sunlight and warm weather, plastic sheeting will be useless for killing off weeds.

    Quickly Degrades In Soil

    Because this product is made up of thin layers of plastic, the plastic can degrade very quickly, especially if buried in the soil. Also, it will only last for a few days before degrading.

    Stops Water Penetration

    Many have mistaken plastic sheeting for fabric sheeting thinking water can pass through it. In reality, it does quite the opposite by holding water can lead to issues. Retaining water will have the opposite effect for killing off weeds.

    Landscape Fabric Defined by Wikipedia

    Landscape fabric is a is a textile material used to control weeds by preventing exposure to sunlight. Place the material around your plants and cover areas where unwanted plants might grow. This fabric is made from synthetic or organic materials.

    The Advantages Of Using Landscape Fabric

    This fabric is a woven material created for landscaping. Landscape fabric is used to keep weeds down by forming a protective barrier underneath the area on your property or your garden. Because it's porous, it will allow water to pass through which will keep weeds away by preventing water from pooling which helps weeds grow.

    How It Works

    Landscape fabric prevents water from pooling so weeds and unwanted plants cannot grow. Landscape fabric is made of intertwined material with small spaces between the strands. These spaces are perfect for allowing water to pass through the fabric.

    Landscape fabric is placed under various landscape features such as walkways and stones. Installing this fabric beneath these features will stop plants from growing below the stones.

    Preparing Land for Weed Barrier Fabric

    Grading Soil Before Fabric Install

    Landscape Fabric Benefits

    Saves Time & Money - Although landscape fabric keeps down weeds and unwanted plants on your property, it will save you time and money from weeding in your garden. Weeds will grow through stones making it very difficult to remove them. You will spend all your time pulling up weeds and have no time to care for your garden.

    It's Porous - Landscape fabric is made of individual strands woven together to create this material. There are tiny gaps running throughout the entire fabric allowing water to flow through and enter into the soil offering moisture to your plants while still draining.

    It's Durable -This is an excellent advantage for using landscaping fabric, it's durable, sturdy, long-lasting, enduring, stable, or whatever you want to call it. This incredible material is woven to give you extra strength that will last for a long time without degrading.

    Keeps Weeds Down - Landscape fabric's main purpose is stopping weeds and it works really well but will not stop all weeds.

    Possible Issues – Even though there are many advantages for using landscape fabric, there are some issues as well that you should know about before moving forward.

    HDPE Plastic over Land

    Field Covered in HDPE

    Higher Costs

    Landscape fabric is more expensive than plastic sheeting. A lot more materials go into the making of this product giving it incredible durability. In turn, this adds to the price tag. The costs do discourage some people but taking the quality into consideration, it's well worth the investment.

    Will Not Last Forever

    Like all products, there are some disadvantages to using landscape fabric. It's not a permanent solution because, over time, the fabric can degrade allowing some weeds to get in. The gaps can get backed up with dirt making it difficult for water to get through.

    Can Stop Airflow

    I'm sure you know, that plants cannot grow and remain healthy without certain conditions being in place. Just like people, plants need certain elements to help them grow and remain strong. The soil must provide nutrients and water as well as plenty of good oxygen. Unfortunately, landscape fabric can cut back on the amount of oxygen in the soil, making it very difficult for your plants to flourish and grow.

    Earthworms play a major role in allowing oxygen to flow through the soil. As worms make their way through the soil, they leave tunnels behind that create airflow. That said, landscape fabric can restrict airflow.

    For Landscaping, Which Is Better- Plastic Or Fabric?

    Now that you know the pros and cons of both plastic and fabric and understand the materials used to make them, it's time to decide which material will serve you best. While landscape fabric is more durable, it comes with a price tag. With the information offered in this article, you should have a pretty good idea of whether landscape fabric or landscape plastic sheets will be the better choice for your landscaping needs.

    By now you know that plastic is better for killing weeds and keeping moisture in the ground to prevent dry soil. On the other hand, landscape fabric is the best choice for keeping weeds out of the area allowing water to flow. As landscape fabric is more durable, it should last a much longer period of time than landscape plastic sheeting. On the upside, both materials are inexpensive to use.

    Placing Irrigation Over Fabric

    Finishing Irrigation On Fabric

    In Conclusion

    Hopefully, this article has given you answers you have been looking for and will help you make choices that will work best for your next landscaping project. Both landscape fabric and landscape plastic sheeting are used for landscaping to cover large areas at one time.

    Plastic sheeting, for the most part, is used to kill sustainable weeds and unwanted plants on your property. Landscape fabric is used to stop plants from growing back and due to its porous material, it allows water to flow through freely. Unlike landscape fabric, landscape plastic sheeting is non-absorbent but collects water and increases the level of moisture in the soil. Landscape plastic sheeting strengthens the roots of plants and will help your garden remain beautiful throughout the year by capturing extra water.

    The information we have provided should help you decide which material will work best for your next project. Possibly, different projects will call for one or the other material for great success.