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Summer is Mesh Tarp Season at Mytee Products

Some of the items we sell are considered seasonal for stocking purposes. Among them are mesh tarps. Although we sell these tarps year-round, we seem to sell more of them during the spring and summer months. If you are a regular mesh tarp buyer, you understand why.

Mesh tarps are particularly good tools for certain kinds of jobs. Four of those jobs are described below. If you ever have need of high-quality mesh tarps to go with the rest of your cargo control supplies, rest assured that Mytee Products has what you need. All of our tarps are made with high-quality materials and constructed to be tough and resilient.

1. Mesh Tarps for Dump Trucks

Dump truck operators appreciate a good mesh tarp as a means of containing loose loads. We carry a number of different tarps that are ideal for this job. For the record, we also carry a complete dump tarp kit intended for smaller trucks.

Getting back to mesh tarps in general, dump truck operators appreciate that they are lighter than solid tarps. That makes them easier to deploy – whether it is done manually or with a roll tarp mechanism. Mesh tarps are easier to fold, easier to store, and easier to move from one truck to the next if necessary.

2. Mesh Tarps for Hauling Bees

The fact that mesh tarps are quite breathable makes them ideal for hauling bees. For these kinds of jobs, we carry a number of different mesh tarps. We have purpose-built bee nets for tractor-trailer loads involving hundreds of colonies. These are large tarps designed to cover the entire length and back of a flatbed trailer.

Smaller loads using pickup trucks or light-duty cargo vehicles can be covered with one of our standard mesh tarps. These tarps are the same as bee nets for all intents and purposes, except for being smaller.

3. Mesh Tarps for Shade

Some of the tarps we sell have absolutely nothing to do with cargo control. Take our green shade mesh tarp for example. Along with its black counterpart, this mesh tarp is ideal for providing temporary shade during the sunny summer months. It is light enough to be deployed just about anywhere yet strong enough to withstand summer weather.

Green tends to be a better color for shade in that is doesn’t absorb heat; black does. Even so, our black mesh tarps can be used for shade as well. Use either one at home, on the job site, out on the lake, or down on the beach.

4. Mesh Tarps for Visual Barriers

Finally, mesh tarps are a great tool for erecting visual barriers. We sell a lot of these tarps to construction companies for this very purpose. A mesh tarp can obstruct a person’s field of vision so as to prevent seeing what is happening on a job site. A visual barrier might be installed for aesthetic or security purposes.

The nice thing about using mesh tarps for this sort of thing is that they are breathable. You do not have to install an excessive number of posts to keep them in place, and rain and wind doesn’t bother them either. With a well-planned installation you can set up visual barriers and then forget about them until the job is done.

Mytee Products carries a complete inventory of black and green mesh tarps. Our mesh tarps also come in a variety of sizes. Feel free to browse our website to find the perfect mesh tarp for your application. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


What to Do with Shade Tarps this Winter

Winter preparations mean different things to different people. For example, you might use a couple of shade tarps around your home during the summer. What do you do with them during the winter? Do you leave them in place, or do you take them down and store them? This post we will discuss winter preparations related to shade tarps.

As a reminder, shade tarps are tarps made with mesh material. They allow some sunlight and air to pass through while still blocking just enough to provide a nice respite. People use shade tarps to create outdoor areas for sitting, entertaining, and so forth. Tarps can be any number of colors; black and green are the most common.

Leaving Tarps in Place

The first thing to discuss is whether you should leave your shade tarps in place. That depends on where you live and kind of weather you normally see during the winter. Someone living in Central or South Florida probably doesn’t have to take tarps town. The worst Florida residents see in a typical winter is a little bit of rain every few weeks.

Those who live in climates with harsher winter weather should by all means take their tarps down. Shade tarps are designed to block the sun; they are not strong enough to withstand snow, ice, and the heaviest winds of winter. Exposing shade tarps to winter weather could lead to their ruin.

Cleaning Shade Tarps

When it is time to take down and store your shade tarps, a good cleaning is in order. Never store a tarp that has not been cleaned – you never know what kinds of dirt and debris are trapped in between the webbing. As for cleaning, never use harsh chemicals or chlorine-based cleaners. A mild detergent and some warm water will be sufficient.

The best way to clean a shade tarp is to hang it across a laundry line. If that’s not possible, laying it flat on the ground works too. Use a soft bristled brush and the detergent solution to gently brush away dirt and debris. Afterward, rinse off the tarp with a hose and let it dry.

You might be tempted to put a small shade tarp in the washing machine. Don’t do it. The agitation of the washing machine can damage the material, especially if the tarp wraps around the agitator and gets stuck. It is easy enough to wash a tarp by hand, so just avoid the washing machine altogether.

Storing Your Tarps

Finally, the same rules that apply to storing other kinds of tarps also apply to shade tarps. First and foremost, never store a shade tarp if it’s still wet from cleaning. Don’t fold it, don’t roll it, don’t do anything until it is completely dry. Otherwise you risk creating an environment that promotes mold growth.

Next, fold or roll your shade tarp up in an orderly fashion. Do not just gather it up like a pile of dirty laundry ready to go into the washing machine. A neat, tidy fold will make your tarps easier to store and less prone to rips and tears from having to be forced into an uncooperative storage space.

Finally, choose a storage space that is clean, dry, and away from direct heat. Although shade tarps are built to withstand heat and moisture to a certain degree, you’ll extend the life of your tarps by not unnecessarily exposing them to unfavorable conditions.

Winter is coming, so take the correct measures to protect your shade tarps. Then they will be ready to go when spring arrives.


Five Great Uses for Nursery Tarps

If you’ve seen a mesh tarp being used at your local nursery, you have seen what is known as a nursery tarp. Mesh tarps come in various types ranging from Black Mesh Tarps, Dump Truck Mesh Tarps to Multi Mesh Tarps. Nursery tarps differ from other kinds of tarps inasmuch as they aren’t solid pieces of fabric. However, they do have many useful purposes nonetheless. We’ve listed some of those uses below.

The key to making the best use of a nursery tarp is to purchase a high quality product from a brand-name company. The best nursery tarps will be made with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship; many will come with warranties or guarantees of some sort. As long as you make sure you are getting a high-quality product, you should get many years of faithful service.

Without further delay, here are five great uses for nursery tarps:

#1 – Cargo Protection

A nursery tarp is a great way to protect cargo on the back of a truck, as long as protection against moisture is not an issue. One example would be a truck hauling PVC pipe over long distances. The hauler might want to protect the pipe against rocks and other debris even though it would not matter if the product got wet or was exposed to sunshine. The nursery tarp provides adequate protection. As an added bonus, it is also breathable. That way, if any moisture does get into the cargo, it will easily evaporate in the wind.

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#2 – Privacy Screens

Homeowners love nursery tarps because these provide an easy way to increase privacy without breaking the bank. Nursery tarps come in many different colors, though black is the best for privacy. You can use a nursery tarp to enclose your open-air patio or cover pergolas, provide some privacy around the swimming pool or even create a small, portable enclosure that’s easy to take just about anywhere. Take it to the beach, the park, or anywhere else you want to enjoy the beautiful weather with some privacy.

#3 – Weed Control

Many a gardener swears by nursery tarps for weed control. And in fact, weed control fabric really is nothing more than very small pieces of nursery tarp material. When used properly, this breathable material hinders weed growth by preventing young weeds from sprouting up underneath. Of course, chemical weed control is still necessary, as no tarp is perfect in this regard. Nevertheless, nursery tarps can make your weed control project a lot more manageable.

Along those same lines, you can use a nursery tarp to cover fragile plants and flowers on cold autumn nights. The material is breathable while at the same time preventing frost from taking hold. In the morning, it’s easy to fold up and put away.

#4 – Shade

How many times have you sat out on your back patio only to bake in the bright summer sunshine? You could certainly purchase an awning to provide maximum shade from the sun, but some people don’t like such an extensive cover. Some still prefer a little bit of sun, as long as it’s not enough to be harmful. A nursery tarp is the perfect solution here. Like overhead latticework, a nursery tarp breaks up the sunlight just enough to prevent you from being burned or overexposed. Yet it still lets in enough sunlight to be enjoyable.

#5 – Windscreen

Lastly, nursery tarps make great windscreens. You might use a nursery tarp around a child’s play area or to cut down the wind traveling across your deck. You might also use one along your driveway to cut down on snowdrifts during the winter. Wherever there is wind, nursery tarps can reduce its impact.