Tarps and tarpaulins
If you are a gardener without a tarp, then you are lacking seriously in one of THE most useful piece of equipment that you can have. I think the only reason why someone doesn't have a tarp or tarps in the garden shed stashed away somewhere is that they've never had to deal with a natural disaster like hail through the roof or had to cover that load of firewood on the journey back from the suppliers.
There are so many uses for tarps and the fact that they are so affordable means that you'd be silly not to have at least one handy somewhere around the house.
I use my yard tarps all the time to drag leaf litter and prunings to my compost heap. It's an indispensible tool to have in your yard. I feel like dear old Linus and his blanket dragging my 'garden gold to be'. It's so easy. I just prune or dead head flowers and dump the lot on the tarp. Clean up is as easy as just pulling the loops of my tarp together and then pulling it across the lawn to the compost heap.
If you are serious about protecting your precious cargo in the back of your pickup truck and don't want to fiddle around with ropes, then this innovative purpose built truck tarp is the one for you. It utilizes the existing attachment points on your pickup to secure itself so that it doesn't cause that annoying flap in the wind. Easy to set up and install, it's a must have to keep your cargo protected from the rain.
Other Uses for Tarps
If you want to go really budget when building a pond, I've known ponders who will swear by using the good old tarp as an alternative to the pond liner stuff that is definitely more costly. Try to get tarps of another color other than the brilliant blue. It just doesn't go real well as a pond base. It's much better if you can use something like a grey or black tarp.