Plastic Mulch Film
Plastic mulch film is a type of inorganic mulch that utilizes polyethene film to shield plants from unwanted conditions around them.
- Plastic mulch film has become the core technology in vegetable, berry and hemp production. It serves so many purposes and has proven to more than pay for itself in most high-value crops.
- Mulching is an effective way of insulating and protecting delicate plant root systems against harsh weather conditions.
- It works as a barrier that improves the soil’s nutrient profile. Mulching also reduces erosion while enhancing the soil’s ability to hold more moisture.
- Through research, our company focuses on sales of the reflective (silver/black) mulch which utilizes the entire light spectrum, thereby boosting the available amount of light and heat to plants, resulting in higher yields and bigger fruits and vegetables.
- Mostly, plastic mulch film serves to suppress weed growth, control bed temperature, protect against leaching of fertilizers, increase the efficacy of fumigation and protect the crop from touching the soil directly.
- Altering the plastic mulch film colour, barrier properties, thickness, and other characteristics, (surface, construction, resin type, etc.) different benefits can be achieved.
Benefits of Using Plastic Mulch Films
- Improves soil structure: Using plastic mulching helps prevent soil from clumping together into a compacted mass. The material traps moisture and heat, which limits the loss of plant nutrients. Of all the mulching materials available on the market, plastic mulch is the most restrictive so it pairs well with a drip irrigation method. In addition, the plastic film discourages people and pets from walking into the area, which further enhances the structure of the soil.
- Insulates the soil: Plastic mulching regulates the soil temperature evenly, insulating temperature-sensitive plants during the cooler months. Fruit-bearing trees and tender perennials are more likely to break from their winter dormancy by using plastic mulch too. Plastic mulch is also effective in protecting trees and shrubs from winter damage.
- Effective weed control: Plastic mulch suppresses weed growth effectively and it does so in a large expanse of space. When installed in the garden, plastic mulch prevents weeds from getting the sunlight needed for photosynthesis. When the weeds are deprived of sunlight, they die, which saves you the hassle of pulling weeds individually by hand.
- Earlier crop growth: Using plastic mulching allows you to grow your crops early in the season. Because mulching warms up the soil, you can plant warm-season crops up to three weeks earlier than the crops’ growing season. Plastic mulching also does a better job of trapping heat into the soil, the soil warms up rapidly, providing the best growing conditions for warm-season vegetables.
- Higher crop quality: The plastic mulch acts as a barrier that protects the fruits from getting in contact with the soil. This will inhibit the growth and spread of diseases and rot. And since the fruits are not in direct contact with the soil, they grow much more cleanly.
- Reduces the risk of root damage: Using plastic mulching eliminates the need for continuous cultivation, except in between the rows of plastic. Since the soil remains undisturbed, it helps the roots to be able to grow and spread into the ground deeply and efficiently.