mulching Articles

  • A safer approach to handling mulch

    As with any industrial equipment the safe use of front-end loaders is the responsibility of operators and fellow employees. Site-specific training is necessary to ensure safety at any job site, but where mulch is concerned, safety requires knowledge of many more variables. Attention to surroundings just scratches the surface. And with mulch, even scratching the surface of a stockpile with a ...

  • Innovations in Mulch Colorization

    Competition for drier wood sources for boiler fuel has led to increasing use of ground green waste and processed C&D wood streams to make colored mulches. THIS time of year, many landscapes pop out brightly - not just from the blooming flowers, but from the decorative mulches around homes, shopping centers and office buildings. What started as a niche market for mulch producers many years ago has ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Landscape mulches prove to be hot topic

    Warnings are being sounded about the flammability and combustibility of various landscape mulches used in areas prone to wildfires, which could lead in the future to a rating system for the ground-covering products. “Unfortunately, some mulches are easily ignited, burn rapidly and represent a threat to homes,” says a study conducted by two researchers from Nevada and California. “There weren’t ...

  • Integrated system: Mulch and topsoil fit the bill in Florida

    Company offers a recycled alternative to cypress mulch and processes fines for soil blends. As the owner of a civil engineering firm and partner in a development company in Florida, Tim Jelus has plenty of experience with organic residuals generated by land clearing and construction and demolition (C&D) projects. A few years ago, he saw this material as an opportunity for a recycling ...


  • RMDF Case Study - Compost Mulch a Plum Choice

    ReMaDe Kent and Medway is managing a series of WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) funded trials on top fruit and other horticultural crops in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, in order to develop the market for compost as a soil improver, and in this trial, as a mulch for young fruit trees. Twelve farms are taking part in the trials growing a wide range of crops, including strawberries, ...

  • Nashville firm proves music city is also mulch city

    In the realm of wood waste processors, at first glance there could barely be a less likely candidate to make a contribution to the industry than Tony Emmanuel. Prior to his coming to the U.S. some 20 years ago, the South Africa native had neither seen nor heard of mulch. A fortunate turn of events, however, steered him toward co-ownership of what was, at the time, the by-products division of one ...


  • Living mulch forage yield and botanical composition in a corn-soybean-forage rotation

    Managing forages as living mulches during row crop production requires suppressing the forages to produce economical crop yields. The objective of this research was to identify forage plants with varied growth habit, persistence, and yield potential to provide desirable ecosystem functions in a multifunctional cropping system. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum Bieb.), ...

  • Spain: Mater-Bi mulching films used on extended cotton crops

    Context Mulching film is normally used on vegetable crops. The "cotton" case study in Spain shows that it can also be used on a industrial crop. Country: Spain, Andalusia Crop: cotton Year: 2002, area 10 hectares - Year 2005, area 1500 hectares Sowing: March Harvest: ...


    By Novamont S.p.A

  • Irate Mulch Industry Awaits New Rules on Biomass Subsidy Program

    Mulch producers — angered over a federal government program that has already seriously impacted their industry — are anxiously awaiting new guidelines due out later this year for the Farm Service Agency’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program.   ...

  • Cover crops and organic mulch to improve tomato yields and soil fertility

    Cover crops and organic mulches (OMs) have been reported as a means to reduce inputs and increase soil quality. A field experiment was conducted to elucidate the effects of summer cover crops and organic compost on winter fresh market tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) yields and quality. Cover crops were sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.), velvetbean (Mucuna pruriens var. utilis), cowpea ...

  • Living mulch nutritive value in a corn-soybean-forage rotation

    Living mulches can function to supply forage in multifunctional cropping systems. Information quantifying nutritive value of forage plants in living mulch cropping systems is limited. The objective of this research was to quantify the nutritive value of forages from different plant functional groups managed as living mulches in 2 of 3 yr and as a forage crop in the third year of this 3-yr corn ...

  • Nitrogen mineralization from eucalyptus yardwaste mulch applied to young avocado trees

    Consistent use of mulches over several years can provide significant N to avocado. Study of a 3-year-old Ventura, California, avocado orchard mulched annually for 3 years with 12–14 Mg ha–1 chipped eucalyptus showed that total N in the mulched soil was double that of the control. Mulched intact soil cores released 53 kg ha–1 more N annually than control treatments. A litterbag study showed that ...


    By Springer

  • Furrow seeding with plastic mulching increases stand establishment and lint yield of cotton in a saline field

    Uniform stand establishment is essential for profitable cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production in saline fields. This study was conducted during 2003 and 2004 to determine if furrow-bed seeding and plastic mulching improve stand establishment and cotton lint yield in a saline field. The experiment was arranged in a split-plot design with seeding patterns (flat-seeded and furrow-seeded) as main ...

  • Adsorptive removal of a textile cationic dye from water using tartaric acid modified Bassia longifolia dried leaf mulch

    Adsorption of pollutants on chemically modified agro-waste materials is a suitable alternative of costly methodologies of wastewater treatment. In this work, the dried leaves of Bassia longifolia had been used for removing methylene blue (M.B) dye from textile effluent after chemically modifying them with tartaric acid. All the operational parameters of adsorption were optimised and employed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water use efficiency and productivity of habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) based on two transplanting dates

    Habanero pepper production was assessed with drip irrigation and plastic mulch, based on two transplanting dates. The objectives of the study were: (i) to evaluate the effect of two transplanting dates and the use of plastic mulch on water productivity and habanero pepper fruit yield under drip irrigation conditions; and (ii) to determine the profitability and economic viability of the product ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effectiveness and efficacy of conservation options after potato harvest

    Soil erosion and phosphorus (P) runoff can be severe in potato production systems in the Northeast USA, which are characterized by intensive tillage, minimal ground cover, low crop residue return, and steep slopes. We used rainfall simulators in the greenhouse and field to assess sediment and P movement associated with two conservation practices: straw mulching and application of polyacrylamide ...

  • Public agencies refine grinding strategies

    From coast to coast, municipal agencies operate yard trimmings composting facilities. In many cases, they are on the front line when storms hit that leave downed trees and branches in their wake, opening their gates to a flow of feedstocks of all shapes and sizes. On the other end of the processing chain, these facilities are refining their capabilities to transform the incoming wood, storm ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Hurricane Clean Up for City of St. Petersburg

    Untitled Document THE city of St. Petersburg, Florida, after dodging Hurricane Charley's direct hit, received fringe winds from Hurricanes ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • IDHA chelates as a micronutrient source for green bean and tomato in fertigation and hydroponics

    The new biodegradable chelating agent imidodisuccinic acid (IDHA) has been studied for its application in agriculture. This study was conducted to compare the efficiency of mixed IDHA and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) formulations to provide Fe, Mn, Zn, and Cu to green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Perfección negra polo’) and tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill. ‘Shiren’) plants grown in ...

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