dry winter protection

P. C. Andrews pcamusa@hotmail.com
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 18:22:08 PST
I usually protect the bed that has my cactus, agave, and summer rainfall african bulbs with a little bit of mulch and a large tarp to keep the soil dry all winter.  I'd like to avoid the mulch since its a mess to clean up in the spring.  I ran across a roll of Reflectix insulation at a local lumber store that looks like it could be a good solution.  Its about 3/8" thick aluminized bubble plastic. Has anyone used this material to protect a bed and if so is it sufficiently UV resistant to last a few winters?
Phil Andrews
Southern Michigan, Zone 5ish

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