Tomatoes - to plastic or not to plastic?

Has anyone ever tried those mail-order plastics used to cover the ground around tomato plants? These materials are used to keep the weeds down and reflect the sunlight/heat. Recently we tried a heavy duty landscape material without seeing a difference. The material constantly pulled away from the tack downs and the weeds popped through any way. Any suggestions? Are the mail-orders better? Is there really a difference between the red and black plastics?
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Has anyone ever tried those mail-order plastics used to cover the ground around tomato plants? These materials are used to keep weeds down and reflect sunlight/heat. We recently tried a heavy duty landscape material without seeing a difference. The materiel pulled away from the tack downs and the weeds popped up any way. Any suggestions? Is there a difference between the red and black plastics?
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Jenn) wrote:

Hardly scientific, but my dad and I both tried the red plastic under half of our tomatoes. We didn't notice a difference between those with and those without.
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