E.C. P
E.C. P
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  • Raleigh, NC
Asked on Aug 11, 2012

Is there a flooring or siding material that would be satisfactory for an outdoor project?

3po3E.C. PSharron W
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I am looking for an economical material, such as discarded siding or flooring, to use
as a floor for my leaf and garden waste compost pile. It is roughly 120 square feet. Roots from nearby trees grow up into the pile making the material difficult to move.
8 answers
  • 3po3
    on Aug 12, 2012

    Could you just use thick plastic sheeting?

  • Sharron W
    on Aug 12, 2012

    Any Possibility of moving the location of your "pile"? I Built Bins, 4x4x4 with, you guessed it 4x4 Posts and Chicken wire to keep the Compost off the ground...after 25 years and several repairs they are still in good shape as far as the posts, but I've had to replace chicken wire with rabbit Hutch wire...and a wooden gate across the front of each bin....for easy access when it's time to use it.

  • E.C. P
    on Aug 12, 2012

    How thick is such sheeting?

  • 3po3
    on Aug 12, 2012

    You can get a variety of thicknesses. The big box stores and hardware stores sell plastic sheeting in rolls for vapor barriers and such. 6 mil sheeting (which I believe is 6/1000ths of an inch thick) is fairly standard, and seems like it should work for you.

  • E.C. P
    on Aug 16, 2012

    Thank you for the suggestions but this doesn't answer my question because I don't believe the plastic sheeting would be satisfactory because the ground is uneven due to tree roots . ecp

  • 3po3
    on Aug 17, 2012

    Have you looked into some type of compost barrel or bin? It would solve your problem, and make for faster, better compost it you were using something that could turn more easily.

  • E.C. P
    on Aug 17, 2012

    I have a large yard with a lot of leaves and pine needles...which I pick up with a tractor drawn trailer...a barrel or small bin is not sufficient for my purpose. ecp

  • 3po3
    on Aug 18, 2012

    I see. I always think of kitchen compost when people write about compost. Is there any way to move the pile to a different area with fewer root problems? I know I'm still not answering your question, but I don't know of another good solution. Sorry.

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