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Plastic Mulches,  Ground Cover

Plastic Garden Mulch - Just imagine - higher yields, less time pulling weeds, watering less often. What else could be a better description of your garden? If that is what you are looking for, plastic garden mulch is for you. With the use of plastic mulches earlier and higher yields are obtained. Some of this is due to the light which is reflected from certain colors of the garden mulch.  Also, we have personally found that for the home gardener this is the easiest form of weed control available.  Evaporation of the soil moisture is reduced, causing less frequent and shorter amount of times watering. We suggest using this with a drip irrigation system underneath the mulch to simplify your gardening requirements. Water will not permeate the plastic. Also, we suggest putting a timer on your drip irrigation for a truly maintenance free garden. Some of our plastic mulches are embossed. Generally, embossed mulch has greater stretch ability than smooth. It is highly recommended for raised beds where the plastic mulch should fit snug and firm over the bed, but works just as well on a mounded garden bed. Be sure to check out the different colors of plastic garden mulch available. Each of them has a different benefit to your garden. Just don't tell your neighbors about the secret of plastic garden mulch, or they will have as beautiful a garden as you have, with just as high of yields!!!

Black Mulch - Earlier, higher yields with weed control.

Red Mulch- Maximizes reflected light on plant growth.

Olive Mulch - Earlier and higher yields. Soil warming of 8 to 10 degrees F.

Blue Mulch - Great for cucumbers, melons and squash.

Brown Mulch - Higher soil temperatures and better weed protection.

Metallic Mulch - Alternative to pesticides.

White Mulch - Great for cool loving plants.

Black Mulch

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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.

Product Description: Black embossed  1.0 mil high density polyethylene,  4' x 600' rolls

Installation Tips

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.

Crops that are suited for black plastic mulch (SRM-Black)

      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 in annual hill system

      Cut flowers

Roll 4' x 600' $82.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Red Mulch

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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.

Advantages of SRM-RED:

      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.

      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.

Product Description: SRM - Red Mulch is available in 4'x 600' 1.0 mil embossed rolls.

Installation Tips

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.

Crops that are suited for SRM-Red

      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.)

Roll 4' x 600'  $124.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Olive Mulch

olive mulch

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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.

Advantages of SRM-OLIVE:

      A tough 1.0 mil, embossed high density plastic mulch film

      Earlier and higher yields than with black mulch; melon yields have shown 25% increases

      Soil warming of 8 to l0 degrees F

      Weed control

      Easy field removal at end of season

      Conservation of water and soil nutrients

Product Description: Embossed, 4' x 600', 1.0 mil high density polyethylene

Installation Tips

Prepare soil well. It should be smooth and pliable.

Do not lay plastic on dry soil.

The plastic should be stretched taut over the soil surface, whether on a flat or raised bed.

Be sure the edges of the plastic are well secured with soil.

Crops that are suited for SRM-Olive Mulch

      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

      Cut flowers

$96.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Blue Mulch

 

Blue-Plastic-Garden-Mulch

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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' $85.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Brown Mulch

 

Brown Plastic Garden Mulch

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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' $82.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Metallic Mulch

Metallic Plastic Garden Mulch

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This mulch may decrease the need for certain pesticides. It is believed that the metallic quality of this mulch may confuse the insects. It should be used on a trial basis. It has been shown to reduce aphids in melons, squash and cucumbers. It has also been shown to reduce whitefly populations. Plastic is 1.25 mil thick.

Roll 4' x 600' $110.00 including shipping to Continental US

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White Mulch

White Plastic Garden Mulch

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This is a dual color embossed mulch. The white goes up and the black goes down towards the soil. The black will help to control the weeds. The white keeps the soil temperatures down while increasing the amount of light available to the plant. This mulch can decrease the soil temperatures up to 12 degrees F, while reflecting light back into the plant canopy. Lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and other cool loving crops perform well. Mulch is 1.5 mil thick and is embossed.

Roll 4' x 600' $96.00 including shipping to Continental US

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Ground Cover

ground cover   ground cover   ground cover staples

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Our Ground Cover is a tightly woven, black polypropylene fabric that helps control weed growth and retains moisture in the soil. Since it is a woven product, water and nutrients will seep through, eliminating unsightly and hazardous water puddles. Each roll has a green plant line every 12" to aid in plant placement.

There are many ideal uses for our ground cover.
 Greenhouses Garden Centers Walkways Rock Gardens Shrubbery Areas ANY PLACE YOU DO NOT WANT GRASS OR WEEDS TO GROW Rolls are UPSable
 

Size of roll Price including shipping to Continental US
3' x 300'

$85.00 

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4' x 300'

$110.00 

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6' x 300'

$155.00 

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Ground Cover Staples

Box of 1000

$85.00 

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