Are you looking for something that eliminates over 99% of water evaporation around your plant? Something that blocks out the sun, stops grass and weeds from growing, and keeps your soil cooler? Then you need the Grow Bucket Mulch Plate!
The mulch plates are made from dark gray ½” thick closed cell poly plastic foam. They are tough, flexible, and durable and will last years. Our first prototypes were made from military sleeping mats. We made about forty of them to test our idea. They really work and are worth the trouble and expense if you hate grass & weeds like we do or where water is at a premium.
We use cow and chicken manure in our soil mix and every undigested seed will grow in our soil, so we have a weed and grass problem. If you have ten to thirty grow buckets, you might have time to pull the grass and weeds. But if you have over two thousand grow buckets, it is an all-day hot, boring job for someone one day a week. From a commercial view point they pay for themselves the first year.
The mulch plate is ½” larger than the bucket. It has a 1” hole in the center for your plant and it is split from that hole to the edge of the mat. You should open the plate up enough to fit around your plant and then lightly press it down into the open top bucket. Start at one side and press it down on top of the dirt around the outer edge of the bucket. You should have from 3/4" to 1 1/2" overlap on the mulch pad when finished.
Now install the two round top soil stakes. Push them through the mulch pad into your soil. Put one through the overlap edges in the mulch pad and the other one on the other side of the bucket. This should take care of your weeds and evaporation.
They are $4.00 each if you think you need any. They are guaranteed for 5 years!