Update: Bumping this post for Sukkos 2019.
Originally posted 9/12/18.
Last year the the CRC published a guide with several fencing mat options that work for as kosher Schach that can be bought at Home Depot at a fraction of the price of traditional schach mats.
This year they posted an update saying that they are no longer offering specific recommendations as the mats might not provide more shade than sun if a few of the reeds break.
They recommend adding a 2nd layer of fencing mats or other schach to make sure that you’ll have more shade than sun in your sukkah. Even with 2 layers, it will still be a fraction of the price of traditional schach mats.
The only mats that Home Depot still sells from last year’s guide is the Backyard X-Scapes 6 ft x 16 ft Reed Fencing Mat for $28.25. You can also buy a 4 pack of those mats for just $110.77, or $27.69/mat. Shipping is free on $45+ orders.
Personally I doubled up on these mats last year to get more shade in my Sukkah and was very happy with them. If you only have a single layer, be sure to double them up per the CRC’s guidance this year.
Where do your buy your Schach from?