Frequently Asked Questions
WeedGuardPlus® Prevent weeds and boost production...naturally.
Q: How does WeedGuardPlus block weeds?
A: WeedGuardPlus is 100% opaque. No light gets through the material: the weeds have no light so they can't grow. Period.
Q: How long does it last?
A: WeedGuardPlus is engineered to last one growing season: Depending on climatic's (rainfall) and soil moisture levels it decomposes gradually
over about a three-nine month period. Any remaining product can be tilled or plowed into the soil.
Q: What is it made from?
A: WeedGuardPlus is a paper-like material made from specially-engineered cellulose fiber. It's a natural formulation with no harmful chemicals.
Q: How does water get to the soil and plants below?
A: The unique WeedGuardPlus formula is highly porous: air and water pass through it to the soil and plants.
Q: Why doesn't it fall apart when it gets wet?
A: WeedGuardPlus contains a specially designed, FDA approved, wet-strength component. This keeps the material together when it gets wet, and allows it to withstand heavy rains.
Q: How does WeedGuardPlus decompose?
A: WeedGuardPlus will decompose with exposure to soil (Microbes consume the cellulose for nutrition) and the rate of decomposition is dependent on microbial population level as well as soil moisture level - the wetter the soil the more the microbes consume the cellulose increasing decomposition.
Q: WeedGuardPlus is offered in Fertilized and Non-Fertilized versions: what's the difference?
A: The base formula for both products is the same. Fertilizer enriched WeedGuardPlus has the added benefit of a 3-3-3 NPK nutritive commercial fertilizer component. The Non-Fertilized version is formulated with the same base structure, minus the fertilizer enhancement.
Q: With fertilizer-enriched WeedGuardPlus, how do these nutrients get to the soil and plants?
A: The fertilizer enrichment in WeedGuardPlus is suspended within the material and percolates into the soil below after irrigation or natural rainfall. This allows valuable nutrients to go directly into the soil and boost plant development.
Q: I bought the Fertilizer enriched WeedGuardPlus. How does the 3-3-3 in WeedGuardPlus compare with other powder or liquid fertilizers?
A: This is the same all-purpose 3-3-3 nutritional formulation used in other balanced-formula fertilizers. But here's the unique WeedGuardPlus advantage: our product design assures that the fertilizer is locally — not broadly — dispersed, so the fertilizer directly targets the plant below.
Q: Why is WeedGuardPlus brown in color?
A: Look and functionality! WeedGuardPlus is soil-brown to be aesthetically appealing. In addition, this darker color can absorb sunlight and convert light to heat — warming the soil and aiding earlier plant development.
Q: How thick is the material?
A: WeedGuardPlus Natural/Organic Standard Weight is about as thick as a business card, but of course more pliable. The New Heavy Weight (offered in Natural/Organic Non-Fertilized) is twice as heavy and twice as strong — it's still pliable and it lasts longer.
Q: I'm used to using a black plastic mulch layer. What are the advantages of WeedGuardPlus?
A: WeedGuardPlus saves you time and money by eliminating retrieval costs. It's also better for the environment and much more versatile. Unlike black plastic, WeedGuardPlus can be cut with scissors for custom fitting to any garden layout.
NOTE: Spring can bring on extreme weather, high velocity winds, torrential rains, hail, flooding and unpredictable climatic events. Laying out the WeedGuard, making plant holes and planting are not recommended during bad weather periods. If you are in a highly exposed field, where winds can be extreme, and heavy rains are expected, it is best to wait until conditions are good before proceeding. As climatic's and usage methods vary, we are not able to provide product performance guarantees. If you have questions or need help with installation, please give us a call 800-654-5432