Ground Protection: Plywood Vs. Plastic

Plywood Alternative

How many times have you wanted to start a job, but the day before it rains? Or what about those times when the frost just started leaving the ground and every single yard you try to work in is a sinkhole? Or lastly, the dread of working in the yard with the perfect landscaping that you don't dare make one divot in the lawn? These are all situations that landscape and tree company owners and employees, find themselves in day in and day out! One of the best investments you can make when it comes to these problems is a pallet of our plastic mats!

Our mats are large 4'x8' or 3'x8' heavy duty plastic mats that can be laid down on grass, sidewalks, or other sub surfaces to help support your equipment as well as protect the lawn underneath. They are made out of 100% recyclable High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Surprisingly, these super strong mats are capable of supporting up to 90 tons with an adequate sub surface underneath the equipment!

These mats work extremely well for getting equipment into areas that would never allow it on a normal day! Whether it be pulling the crane far into a backyard to remove a hazard tree or getting the bucket to an enormous prune job, using these mats in the right place can not only save you money with reduced property damage costs, but also make you more money because the jobs can be completed with less man hours involved! Even with the extra amount of time involved with unloading the mats and building yourself a plastic highway to the tree, you will see their worth when your client notices how much effort you took to keep their yard looking its best!

So, I'm sure you are thinking, why not just buy a bunch of plywood and use that for ground protection? Well, you could, but you should also think about the differences between Plastic Mats and plywood. You are pretty much comparing apples to oranges at this point!

Plywood Vs. Plastic Mats From Green Pond Environmental

Plywood by Greenpond


  • Has a limited lifespan and NEEDS to be replaced or 'maintained.' This shorter lifespan adds-up to dollars out of your pocket.
  • Plywood absorbs water, which speeds up the de-lamination of plys, as well as rotting.
  • Plywood lacks a consistent strength from sheet to sheet, especially after being wet and exposed to the elements.
  • Plywood is very slippery once wet, and even more slippery after being exposed to oils (bar oil, hydraulic oil) and then getting wet. This could cause unneeded slips and falls.
  • Plywood is unsuitable for use on slopes or inclines, especially if wet!

Our Mats

  • We offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • Are impervious to water and will not delaminate.
  • Strength and performance guarantee they will be consistent from mat to mat.
  • The treads create a gripping surface for better traction in adverse weather conditions.
  • The same treads that create better grip on the top are copied to the back to make the mats adhere the ground as well.

Our mats are more of an investment upfront, but they easily pay for themselves with the new possibilities you will have to get your equipment into jobs. Whether it be making a road for your mini skid steer to get brush out of a backyard with no lawn damage or just making a pathway for your employees to drag the brush onto to reduce lawn damage, these mats will make you and your clients happy!

Don't Get Burned

One thing to keep in mind with the black Alturna Mats is their ability to burn grass if left in place for too long on hot summer days. This is why our mats are only available clear (white). The clear mats will help reduce lawn burn damage by allowing light to pass through instead of heating the mat up to a lawn damaging temperature.

Hopefully this helps explain the benefits of these awesome mats that really will help you get your equipment into more places! The fastest way to finish most jobs is getting that equipment as close as possible to the work and these mats are guaranteed to help with that.

We Ship Across the US

Looking for Ground Protection?
Call or Contact Us today.

Plywood Photo Gallery

Read What Our Customers Say

  • 5 Stars
  • Google

Our crew loves these mats! They are lighter than others we have purchased but still durable! Handles on all sides also make them very easy to maneuver. Customer service was also excellent! Thank you for the lovely service and great product!

  • 5 Stars
  • Google

We called and order mats and she notified me same day that they were out the door on a truck. Also saved a thousand dollars by ordering thru Green Pond Environmental. Thanks Stephanie!

  • 5 Stars
  • Google

Quick responses every time, answered the questions that were asked, mats were available they day they were promised and fast loading!

Tell Us What You Need

We will get back to you within 24 hours

Contact Us Call Now

Hear From One of Our Satisfied Customers

Don't just take our word for how amazing our ground protection mats work. Hear from a landscaper who has lengthened the season he can work and reduced their workload due to using our mats.

Get a Discount of $10/Mat
Green Pond Environmental will give you a discount of $10 off per mat at as soon as your referral makes a purchase.