Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Aluminum vs fiberglass in soil: breakdown/plant uptake/safety?

Posted by PersianMD2Orchard none (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 20, 13 at 0:57

Hi all,

Perhaps this is a silly question but I have no knowledge about material degradation leading to soil contamination leading to plant uptake and eventually trace amount into fruit.

I'm thinking of putting a mesh screening the kind used for window screens around peach tree base for borer protection in addition to ash. Screen material is readily available in 2 forms fiberglass and aluminum. I think EPA has set levels for safe level of soil aluminum... so maybe not wise to put aluminum all over the soil... I'm thinking fiberglass may be better/less degradation potential? These would be long term installments with regular replacements. I'm thinking long term like 20 years of use could the aluminum (or even the fiberglass) mess up the soil?

I might also instead of this mesh thing do the cloth dipped with tanglefoot method.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Aluminum vs fiberglass in soil: breakdown/plant uptake/safety

I dont think aluminum will "break down" as much as it will start to corrode. I would be a bit leery about using fibetglass as well. You could try stainless steel. TBH im not sure if the almuninum from screening will make that much of a difference in the long term. maybe take the alum levels in your soil now, and test every 6 months or so


 o
RE: Aluminum vs fiberglass in soil: breakdown/plant uptake/safety

I think they make gardening containers out of fiberglass is why I thought that may be a better route. Maybe I should just go the messy Tanglefoot plus tshirt cloth route. The cloth will expand better as tree sizes up too.


 o
RE: Aluminum vs fiberglass in soil: breakdown/plant uptake/safety

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 20, 13 at 9:34

Fiberglass screen material is coated with epoxy, or possibly urethane, so it will be the coating that ends up in the soil. Chances are that you will pull up and remove the residual fiberglass material when it looks tattered, so most of it will end up in the garbage can.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Fruit & Orchards Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here