Old carpet as greenhouse floor?


Joined
Feb 7, 2014
Messages
140
Reaction score
38
Location
IL
Hardiness Zone
5b
I put up a pop up/portable greenhouse this year and I love it. I just used weed cloth for the floor and its starting to fall apart (happy it lasted 6 months).

We are getting a new area rug for the living room and I'm wondering if the old rug would be a suitable floor cover. Keep the weeds down, keep the humidity up, etc. Carpet is one of those $20 walmart dorm room types and the perfect size
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Sep 10, 2014
Messages
2,794
Reaction score
3,978
Location
central Texas
Showcase(s):
1
Country
United States
When we lived in town I had a propagating house (lattice structure with a removable roof because in Texas, you don't need more heat!). I used old carpeting on the floor, and found it to be easy on the feet, weed preventing, and when it rained, it drained slowly, but it did drain. I put it in upside down, with the fiber down and the woven mat on top.
I don't see why carpet wouldn't work well for you. If it doesn't, it is easy to remove!
 
Joined
Feb 7, 2014
Messages
140
Reaction score
38
Location
IL
Hardiness Zone
5b
The upside down idea is a good one thanks

I think it should work fine,but wanted to ask incase I was missing an obvious reason it was a bad idea
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2014
Messages
10,339
Reaction score
4,835
Location
Tarpley Tx
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
I put up a pop up/portable greenhouse this year and I love it. I just used weed cloth for the floor and its starting to fall apart (happy it lasted 6 months).

We are getting a new area rug for the living room and I'm wondering if the old rug would be a suitable floor cover. Keep the weeds down, keep the humidity up, etc. Carpet is one of those $20 walmart dorm room types and the perfect size
I can't think of any reason why not
 
Joined
Jul 17, 2013
Messages
3,375
Reaction score
943
Give it a try, my dad tried it with a bit of the garden and it has done no harm, no weeds, no anything :) Give it a try, if it doesn't work you can remove it easily.
 
Joined
Aug 7, 2014
Messages
142
Reaction score
24
Location
United States
I would do this all around my garden beds as a weed barrier if I could find enough. I have avoided putting anything down on the hoop house floor because I keep thinking I am going to plant in there this fall. Well, it's time and I haven't planted anything except peas in pots so far.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Oct 30, 2013
Messages
859
Reaction score
170
Location
Connecticut USA
The organic farm that I worked at used old carpeting on the floor of the barn, mainly to keep the dust down. If it was good enough for a fourth generation farmer then I would think its good for your greenhouse!
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2012
Messages
3,404
Reaction score
1,119
Location
Louisiana
Hardiness Zone
9b
Country
United States
I like the last two comments above me. Mildew is definitely something to consider, as well as possible chemicals in the carpet. I have just been thinking about what to do as a floor when I put my greenhouse back up. I've considered landscape cloth as well as newspaper and I may even put a layer of mulch or gravel down on top of whichever I choose. (Weeds/grass were an issue for me before.)
 
Joined
Oct 11, 2014
Messages
63
Reaction score
8
Location
Israel
Hardiness Zone
13b
The carpet sounds like a good idea. Also, have you ever tried interlocking foam pieces? It is inexpensive and would be easy on your feet. I am sure it would keep the weeds down as well. Also, you can get it in just one large piece.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Feb 7, 2014
Messages
140
Reaction score
38
Location
IL
Hardiness Zone
5b
I've decided to upgrade to a bigger pop up style for next year and will do an indoor/outdoor carpet floor for that one
 
Joined
Mar 26, 2013
Messages
3,169
Reaction score
1,331
Location
Port William
Showcase(s):
1
Country
United Kingdom
I would not have thought that mildew would be too much of a problem.

It tends to occur when the roots are dry and the leaves are wet.
Carpet would act as a mulch.
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2014
Messages
10,339
Reaction score
4,835
Location
Tarpley Tx
Hardiness Zone
8b
Country
United States
I would not have thought that mildew would be too much of a problem.

It tends to occur when the roots are dry and the leaves are wet.
Carpet would act as a mulch.
I think Chanell was thinking of mold and mildew on the bottom of the carpet. Once that jute backing gets wet it will mildew but I don't think it would be much of a concern outdoors or in a greenhouse
 
Joined
Nov 24, 2014
Messages
1,466
Reaction score
1,105
Location
Oakville,Ontario
Hardiness Zone
5A
Country
Canada
I originally did the indoor outdoor carpet and was not happy about how grubby it looked in literally minutes. And it was tough pulling it up to take outside to hose off and then let dry, then put back in. What I ended up doing was putting down plastic where the plants sit but for the walkway up the middle - it's only about 2.5 feet wide x 6 long - I used rubber backed mats. These I can pick up individually and take outside to shake off, or leave out to dry if I have spilled water on them.
Those mats can be found at Home Depot for only a few dollars each - or even the Dollar store sells them too.
 
Joined
Oct 19, 2014
Messages
228
Reaction score
27
Carpet gets really dirty though, and it's very hard to clean. It depends on if you think you will be walking in there with really dirty shoes or not. If it gets too wet it might get all moldy, so that would be really gross. You can't really get mold out of carpet without bleach, which destroys the color of the carpet.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Oct 10, 2012
Messages
9,001
Reaction score
10,555
Location
Kent
Hardiness Zone
9a
Country
United Kingdom
I would have bought a wool rug as it is eco-friendly, allergen free and non-toxic.

Not if you're allergic to sheep its not :D

Don't use foam backed carpet as it breaks down and makes hell of a mess :)
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top