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Finding the Hay Tarps for You!

Fall always brings to mind the harvest. With all of the crops being taken in for use there comes to mind the mainstay of most fall outdoor decorative displays: hay bales. Those compressed bundles begin to show up everywhere, and even though they appear to be covering the landscape there are so many more that are held in reserve for actual use. Storing these bales are of great importance to allow them to be used as feed for livestock, which is why Celina’s Hay Tarps are such an important item we offer.

Sizing

When visiting our website, each Literature tab on Hay Tarps contains our Hay Tarp Calculator, which can be used to discover which width of Hay Tarp is right for you. In order to use the calculator, you’ll need to know the following:

Bale Shape

Two basic shapes, square and round, are shown on the document. Because of the way the bales pile when round, you can’t simply add the diameters together to get the full height. Shapes are displayed to show common orientations of bale piles to choose from.

Bale Size

All square bales are assumed to be between three and four feet tall. This doesn’t greatly affect the required tarp’s overall dimensions. When dealing with round bales, the diameter of each drastically affects each aspect of the pile dimensions, including the height and width. Round bale choices range from four feet to six feet.

Stack Length

Between shape and size it is fairly simple to select the tarp width that will work the best. Lengths should be calculated separately, to allow you to choose the best tarp or series of tarps to make sure you can cover the entirety of your stored bales.

Usage

Hay Tarps are created with two separate layers. The silvery side of the tarp is for reflecting sunlight; this is to help regulate the underside of the tarp, and so should be pointed upward when installing the tarp. The matte black side of the tarp helps to act as a black out layer. This ensures that no light goes through the tarp, again helping to regulate temperature. All of this regulation helps to preserve the nutritional value of the bales so that they can be used for livestock feed for longer periods of time.

Keeping the tarp in place is as easy as installing a few anchors and connecting the tarp to them via guy lines. The Hay Tarp Anchor Kit contains a one-inch-wide loop and ratchet strap set; the loop strap has the plain end fed through the corner grommet and then back through the sewn loop on the opposite end, securing the strap to the tarp. Anchoring hooks placed at each corner of the bale pile are the attachment point for the D-ring on the ratchet strap, which leaves the ratchet end toward the loop strap from the tarp. These are connected, allowing you to tighten or loosen the straps whenever you like without having to deal with untying and retying knots in ropes.

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Order Hay Tarps now and be prepared for this harvest season! All styles of tarp can be ordered online, along with additional anchoring, guy lines in straps or ropes, and more. Be sure to check out all of our agricultural products found under the Agriculture tab. Have questions? Email us at Sales@CelinaTent.com.