Manila Landscaping Rope - Biodegradable Natural Fiber,
Decorative and Economical
Manila landscaping rope - specified mostly in diameters 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2" and 3" - is used for example, in fencing, and as railings on decks and decorative bridges. Sometimes it's a matter if stringing some rope through holes drilled in posts to create a decorative border or fence.
Or you can just wrap some rope around a couple of posts for no particular reason and it looks great.
So landscape contractors and designers make use good of natural (as well as synthetic)fiber rope and twine as design elements.
Lisa from Speedwell, TN, chose 2" Manila rope for for the above as well as this great look:
Note: natural ropes generally shrink 10% to 15% in length over their life. They also tend to run oversize in diameter, so it's a good idea to get your rope first, then drill the holes. Suggested sizes - 1 1/2" holes for 1" rope, 1 7/8" holes for 1 1/4" , 2 1/4" holes for 1 1/2", 3" holes for 2". Why so big? Because when the rope shrinks in length it increases in diameter. So if, after it rains, the rope doesn't have room to 'breathe' and dry out completely where it's going through the holes, it will rot in those spots.
If you're planning to replace old Manila rope, the following is very important:
If the old rope measures 2" in diameter, it probably did not start out as 2" rope. It is more likely 1 1/2" rope that has swelled up over time to 2". So if you're putting new rope through existing holes, be sure to measure the holes, then order based on the above guidelines. Again, if the rope barely fits through the holes, moisture will collect in those spots and the rope will fail before it's time.
click here for prices
is not as strong as nylon or polypropylene, but the natural appearance is great, especially for landscape purposes. The fact that it's biodegradable is also a plus.
On the other hand, if you're going for a nautical look,
polyester composite - white with a red tracer -
polypropylene, polyester, or twisted nylon landscaping ropes - some for sale on this site, some not - may work for you. Refer to
for information on these options.
Sisal rope and twine- Sisal rope is similar to manila but much is lighter in color, about 20 per cent lower in strength, and is not stocked in larger diameters. Sisal rope plant hangers and baskets are favored by designers.
Sisal twine, because it is reasonably strong and fully biodegradable, is popular as tree ball wrap. It's also useful for tying bundles of branches or firewood and for staking plants and small trees.
Jute twine - Jute twine is available in natural tan color and dyed to a green color to blend in when used by landscape contractors. It holds a knot very well, and has a softer feel than sisal twine.
Rope hammocks, rope swings, and kids climbing sets - It makes sense to purchase these from companies who specialize in their manufacture and are aware of applicable safety requirements.
In performing their work - for lifting, dragging, and tree trimming and other high elevation work - landscape contractors use stronger, more durable synthetic ropes, lifting slings and fall protection equipment.
Here is a landscape related website you may want to bookmark or visit:
Professional Landscaping Network
Return from Landscaping Rope to Manila Rope
Return from Landscaping Rope to Home Page
Our Landscaping rope is used in lots of interesting ways - here are some of our customers' projects and comments
2" Manila Landscape rope
Rope is very nice - I looked all around and you had the best price!
Mardy, Manns Harbor, SC
2" Manila Landscape rope
Thank you for the rope, it worked great!
Randy, West Hills, CA
1" Manila Landscape Rope
Tom, Your 1" Manila rope is just right.
Art R, Los Altos, CA
1 1/4" Manila Landscape rope
Thanks, Tom - My wife keeps finding new ways to use your ropes!
Vic, Warsaw, IN
1 1/2" UnManila Rope
We are so happy with your product - We added lights yesterday...will send update soon!
Tina, Hampton, VA
1 1/4" UnManila Rope
Thanks for helping me choose the right type of rope needed for this application. Looking forward to doing more business with you in the future.
Todd, Gulf Shores, AL