Nobody wants a tarp that they have to check twice a day to make sure it is not blowing off or ripping. The hay often ends up rained and snowed on and the tarping efforts were useless. It was a waste of time and effort that didn't end well😔
Not all tarps are made equal... In order to achieve a low maintenance but high quality tarp, keep reading these 3 key bits of information
1.) - Hay Tarp Thickness
The thickness of a tarp varies greatly from one to another. A great thickness to stay around is 16-17 mil. This is thick enough to protect against the elements yet light enough to maneuver around and maintain
2.) - Hay Tarp Material
Look for UV Protected Polyethylene✅
Cross-Woven UV Protected Polyethylene is an excellent material for hay tarps. It is waterproof and heavy duty, yet light enough to handle 16 feet in the air on top of a hay stack!
3.) - Tie Down Capability💯
Lets be honest, your tarp doesn't do you any good when it has blown off the stack and is laying against your fence.
The tarp needs to have the tie down capabilities to withstand the strongest winds. Here are a couple options...
1. Loops sewed in with heavy UV protected stitching, a lot of them! The loops should be stronger than the tarp.
2. PVC Pipe sewed horizontally along the edge of the tarp so the ropes can spread out the tension evenly.
Make sure you use UV stable rot-resistant rope when tying down any tarp. If the ropes start failing then so does the expensive tarp!