Vegetable Garden Mulch
Features of Plastic Garden Mulch
*Prepare soil well. It should be smooth and pliable.
*Do not lay plastic on dry soil.
*Plastic should be in close contact with the soil for maximum heat transfer into the soil.
*Be sure the edges of the plastic are well secured with soil, staples or other methods.
Black Plastic Garden Mulch
*Vegetables — warm season and cool season crops that are transplanted and for direct seeded crops that are seeded in hills such as cucumbers and squash.
*Small fruits — strawberries
Plastic mulch is extruded from clear polyethylene resin into sheets of film of varying widths and lengths. In its natural state, plastic is clear, so carbon black is added to make it black. Because of the inherent physical properties of black plastic mulch, it modifies the micro-climate around plants, enhancing growth, yield, and quality of horticultural crops.
Over many years of experimentation and use since the late 1950’s black plastic has proved to be a boost to agricultural productivity.
Here are some of the advantages you can expect when using black plastic:
Earlier and higher yields even though there will be variations from year to year.
Weed control. Because the mulch is black, light is not transmitted through the plastic and therefore weeds will not grow under the material.
Soil temperature increases 3° to 5° F under the mulch at soil depths of 2 to 6 inches. This is the area of greatest root growth early in the season. Warm roots grow faster and accelerate plant growth.
Evaporation of soil moisture is reduced. Plastic mulch is impervious to water. Any evaporation of soil moisture occurs only through the planting holes.
Nutrient leaching is reduced during excessive rainy periods.
Easy to install and durable. Plastic mulch is flexible and stretchable. It will conform to both flat and raised beds. Strong enough for either double cropping in the same season or possibly over two seasons. Easy field removal.
Roll 4′ x 600′ Black Mulch $130.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart
Red mulch reflects intensified red light to the developing plants which increases their photosynthetic capacity. There is more reflectivity early in the season when more of the mulch is exposed to light. SRM-Red a high quality, durable plastic that is 1.0 mil thick and lays well over flat or raised beds. It has season-long integrity and is easily removed from the field after harvest.
Vegetables — Tomatoes, pepper, melons
Small fruits — strawberries in annual hill system
Cut flowers (Because of many different species of flowers, on-farm trials should be made.)
Uniform red color for uniform field results.
Soil warming of 4 to 6 degrees F.
Almost total weed control.
Reduction of soil moisture evaporation.
Improved yields, although there will be variation from year to year.
Roll 4′ x 600′ Red Mulch $160.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart
Red Plastic Garden Mulch
Olive Plastic Garden Mulch
Soil warming of 8 to l0 degrees F
Easy field removal at end of season
Conservation of water and soil nutrients
SRM-Olive is the latest development in plastic mulch technology. In a general sense, this new mulch is a “hybrid” between clear and black mulches. With clear mulch, all wavelengths of radiation (light) are transmitted through the mulch. The long wavelengths (infra-red radiation) are converted to heat under the clear film and provide the greatest amount of soil warming of all mulches. However, photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) also is transmitted and is responsible for the vigorous weed growth under clear mulch. Because black mulch blocks PAR, weeds do not grow underneath. Soil warming occurs as the black mulch absorbs solar radiation, and then conducts the heat into the soil. Soil temperature under black is lower than under clear mulch.
This is where SRM-Olive comes into the picture. By utilizing a carefully balanced blend of polyethylene with a specific light modifying pigment, SRM Olive transmits near infra-red radiation, and at the same time blocks PAR. Therefore, it simultaneously generates almost as much heat as clear mulch and suppresses weeds like black mulch. This is a win-win development for growers. A tough 1.0 mil, embossed high density plastic mulch film.
Vegetables — warm season and cool season crops that are transplanted, such as melons, and for direct seeded crops that are seeded in hills such as cucumbers and squash.
Small fruits — strawberries in annual hill system
Roll 4′ x 600′ Olive Plastic Garden Mulch $130.00 including shipping to Contiguous US Not currently available
Blue Plastic Garden Mulch will increase your yields for cucumbers, squash and melons. It will raise the temperature and suppress weeds. It will reflect a different portion of the light spectrum than the other mulches. Up to a 20% higher yield may be expected. It will have a slightly higher soil temperature than black mulch. A tough 1.0 mil plastic mulch film, 4′ x 600′.
Roll 4′ x 600’Blue Plastic Garden Mulch $118.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart
Blue Plastic Garden Mulch
Brown Plastic Garden Mulch
The brown mulch will give a higher soil temperature than black mulch, and will give a better weed control than olive mulch. It is 1.0 mil thick and is non embossed.
Roll 4′ x 600′ Brown Plastic Garden Mulch $118.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart
Roll 4′ x 600′ Metallic Plastic Garden Mulch $144.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart
Metallic Plastic Garden Mulch
White on Black Plastic Garden Mulch
Roll 4′ x 600′ White/ Black Plastic Garden Mulch $115.00 including shipping to Continental US Add to Cart